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Gateway Blvd project nearly done, but for signs

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The reconfiguration of Gateway Blvd. is 98 percent complete.

That’s the word from Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell at Monday’s meeting of the Redevelopment Commission.

Still to be done: the installation of signage at the exit of the private drive serving the Bob Evans restaurant.

Two types of signs have yet to be erected, O’Dell said: a Right-Out Only sign, for motorists leaving the Bob Evans; and Do Not Enter signs immediately opposite that exit, at the mouth of a dedicated left-turn lane for westbound motorists to enter the Bob Evans drive.

At the moment, O’Dell said, the dedicated left-turn lane is closed by construction barrels.

The project “worked out really well,” O’Dell noted. Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg concurred. It’s rare, he said, when a municipality can conceive, design, and execute a major infrastructure project within a single calendar year. “For government, that’s a pretty good job.’

The contractor, Walsh & Kelly, in particular did fine work, Schnadenberg added. “We’re weeks ahead of schedule.”

O’Dell did say that the town will ask the Indiana Department of Engineering to adjust the timing of the left-turn signal for motorists westbound on Gateway Blvd. to turn south onto Ind. 49.

The point of the project: to eliminate the rush-hour bottleneck of westbound traffic, created by the pinching of the four westbound lanes at the mouth of Gateway Blvd.--at Ind. 49--into two lanes just east of the Speedway gas station.

The contract price: $168,948.05.

LED Sign at 1100N and 100E

In other business, members voted unanimously to purchase a new informational sign for the intersection of 1100N and 100E, at a price of $6,290.

That doubled-sided sign--which will have interior LED illumination--will be posted at the intersection for west- and eastbound traffic, and below “100E” will direct drivers by arrow to the Downtown business district.

“It’ll help with clarification at that intersection,” O’Dell said, and specifically will direct visitors from out of town--either going to or coming from Chesterton High School and Dogwood Park events--to the Downtown.

Special Meeting

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, for the purpose of opening bids for the construction of the fiber optic network, a project which the commission has been working on for the better part of two years.

Seat opens on Chesterton Plan Commission

An opening on the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission has opened, with the resignation of Robert Poparad Jr., who is moving out of town.

Under state law, however, the seat is open only to current elected or appointed municipal officials or to municipal employees, Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.

Candidates for the seat may belong to any political party.

Eligible persons should submit a letter of interest to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office. The term expires in 2019.

Poparad had been a member of the Tax Abatement Advisory Committee.


Posted 9/26/2017





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