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.
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.
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.