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Indiana 49 corridor project very nearly completed

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LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point, the general contractor for the Ind. 49 utility corridor project, has largely demobilized its crews, as work draws to a close on the site.

At the moment the last big item remains the connection of electric and natural gas to the lift station south of the Indiana Toll Road. When NIPSCO might get around to that is unclear.

Meanwhile, the Chesterton Redevelopment Commission voted 5-0 at its meeting Monday night to approve a change order for the project, only the second one, which added $33,250.44 to the original contract price of $2,880,865.

Both change orders together added a total of $63,899.73 or 2.21 percent to the original contract price, which Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg noted isn’t bad at all for a project of this scope and complexity.

Change Order No. 2 was mostly a grab bag of odds and ends: adding 218 tons of No. 2 limestone to stabilize the access road to the lift station, extending a stormwater drainage swale, upgrading the base of a wet well.

Change Order No. 1 was the cost associated with hauling away more than 300 tons of buried farm debris excavated from the site.

Other Projects

In other business, Schnadenberg updated members on the status of other projects pursued this season in the tax increment financing district:

* Sidewalks were replaced along South Calumet Road at Lincoln Ave. and West Morgan Ave. and a Stormwater’ drain installed in the alley immediately south of the Marathon station.

* Numerous roadways were thermal-striped.

* Decorative sleeves for street signs and light poles are now in stock and when time permits will be installed along South Calumet Road between Porter Ave. and 1100N.

* ADA ramps were also installed at multiple intersections.

* Both Dickinson Road and Roberts Road were crack-sealed. “We’re trying to keep up on crack-sealing and preventive maintenance,” Schnadenberg noted. “Trying to make the roads last four or five years longer and put off re-paving them as long as possible.”

* The final segment of East Porter Ave.--from Cherry Hills Drive east to the bridge past the entrance of Sand Creek Drive--was paved, in what proved to be a three-year project. Also paved: 1100N from Pioneer Trail to Dickinson Road and 1100 from Dickinson Road to and including Sand Creek Drive South. Some patching of Lois Lane--behind the South Calumet Road business block--is also planned.

* Nine trees were replaced in the South Calumet Business District.

Total estimated cost of those projects: $310,000.


Members voted 5-0 to approve the following claims: $2,120.90 from 1st American Management; $1,049.97 from AMT Computers; $10,929.98 from DLZ; $1,012.50 from Harris Welsh & Lukmann; $4,000 from London Witte Group; $286.37 from Midwestern Electric; $16,094 from Pavement Solutions Inc.; and $252,675.16 from LGS.



Posted 8/29/2013