Folks wanting to
know why East Porter Ave. between Dickinson Road and 250E will likely remain
closed until at least Aug. 18 can blame Frontier Communications.
As Chesterton Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Redevelopment Commission at its meeting Monday
night, Frontier still needs to re-locate both an underground fiber optic
line and an overhead telephone line before the new box culvert can be
installed in place of the old bridge over Sand Creek.
advised of the need to re-locate those lines in November 2017, O’Dell said,
and was further advised in March to begin the procurement process for the
materials required. As of Monday, however, Frontier did not have those
Which means that
O’Dell was forced to ask the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for an
extension of the 30-day permit authorizing work in a salmonid stream. DNR
did grant that extension, from the original expiration date of July 15 to
Aug. 18, O’Dell told members on Monday. “We must be out of the stream and up
and running by Aug. 18,” he said. “Frontier is the hold-up right now. They
should have started procurement in March.”
“This has caused a
lot of difficulty for the contractor,” Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann added.
“Frontier may find that the lines will get moved and they’ll be billed for
said, the old bridge has been removed and the new box culvert is in
manufacturing and will soon be delivered on site.
Until the box
culvert is open for business, motorists will continue to be forced to detour
the East Porter Ave. closure: motorists eastbound on East Porter Ave. are
being sent south on Dickinson Road, east on Sidewalk Road, north on 250E,
then back to East Porter Ave.; the detour is simply reversed for motorists
westbound on East Porter Ave.
The contract for
the project was awarded to low bidder Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland.
Contract price: $619,370.20. A portion of the cost is being defrayed by a
Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.
Fiber Optic Project
In other business,
work on the fiber optic project is nearing completion, O’Dell reported. At
the moment the only significant job left is connecting the already completed
network south of the three railroad lines--Norfolk Southern, CSX, and
Amtrak--to the line serving Yost Elementary School.
“Right now we’re
dealing with all three railroads,” O’Dell said.
“We’re not live but
we’re close,” he added and noted that the meet-me room at the municipal
complex on North 15th Street--essentially the network’s nerve center--is 95
Members did vote
unanimously to approve the sixth pay application from the general
contractor, CSU Inc. of Plainfield, Ind., in the amount of $129,611.05. The
balance to finish is approximately $284,000, O’Dell said, with a retainage
to date of $61,845.78, which will be paid to CSU when the project is
officially done. Total project price, including all change orders to date:
$1,508,140.45, an increase of $274,466.54 or 22 percent over the original
contract price of $1,233,673.91. Most of the change orders involved the
necessity of the more expensive boring procedure, in lieu of the less costly
Fiber Optic Ribbon
senior vice president for Nitco--the firm contracted to administer,
maintain, and market the fiber optic network--took a moment on Monday to
invite town officials and the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for
the project, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Thomas Centennial Park.
“While the network
isn’t complete yet and has not been accepted by Nitco, it’s time to start
the celebration,” Carroll said.