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Ground breaks on Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail

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By KEVIN NEVERS

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 wetland mitigation.

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.

 

 

Posted 6/22/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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