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East Porter Avenue to reopen today

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East Porter Ave. between Dickinson Road and 250E was to be re-opened to traffic today, after being closed early this summer as part of the installation of a box culvert over Sand Creek.

Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that a walk-through of the project site was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and that--though some minor punch-list items remain to be completed, some grading and seeding, for example--he fully expected East Porter Ave. to be re-opened by the end of the day and the box culvert taking traffic.

O’Dell did say that some work will yet need to be done on a leaking two-inch sanitary sewer line on the northeast corner of the site, after it was nicked by a crew working to re-locate an underground Frontier Communications fiber-optic line.

In fact much of the delay involved in finishing the project was caused by Frontier’s failure to procure in a timely fashion the materials needed to re-locate the fiber-optic line and an overhead telephone line. Frontier was advised of the need to move the two lines in November 2017 and was further advised in March of this year to begin the procurement process. But by July--just a few weeks before the town’s DNR permit to perform work in a salmonid stream was set to expire--Frontier did not yet have the materials on hand. The DNR permit was later extended to Aug. 18.

Frontier’s dilatoriness ultimately forced the general contractor, Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland, to postpone deliveries of its own needed materials as well as to re-schedule a crane rental.

The contract price of the project: $619,370.20, a portion of which is being defrayed by a Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.



Posted 10/5/2018




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