Work has begun on
Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail, which will extend the eight-foot
sidewalk on the north side of 1100N from the Rosehill Estates subdivision to
South Fifth Street.
Ground broke on
Wednesday, as contractor Walsh & Kelly Inc. dug out the old sidewalk along
the south side of 1100N by Chesterton High School.
Phase II of the
project provides for the continuation of the sidewalk along the north side
of 1100N from Rosehill Estates as far as Woodland Drive. At that point the
sidewalk will be continued along the south side of 1100N to South 11th
Street and then all the way to South Fifth Street.
Under a permit
issued for the project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the town has
entered a wetlands mitigation agreement to purchase 0.91 acres in a wetland
mitigation “bank” located in Lake County--at a cost of $19,000--to replace
acreage which will be disturbed in the construction of the new sidewalk.
The town has
received three separate 80/20 grants totaling $1,074,394 from the
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, to defray engineering and
construction expenses as well as to fund right-of-way acquisition and
In September 2014 a
$188,230 contract was awarded to American StructurePoint to design the
sidewalk. And INDOT awarded the actual construction contract to Walsh &
Kelly, whose low bid of $547,049 was substantially lower than the original
estimated cost of $700,000.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune today that he expects the stretch
between South 11th Street and South Fifth Street to be completed well before
school starts in August. When that portion is done, Walsh & Kelly will go to
work on the other stretch, from Rosehill Estates to South 11th Street.