The Lake Erie Land
Company has opted to replace the brick pavers at Coffee Creek Center with
That was the news
from Monday night’s meeting of the Chesterton Redevelopment Commission.
John Schnadenberg reported that, earlier in the day, an LEL rep confirmed to
him that the company has put the project out to bid, with the idea of
beginning construction late in March or early in April.
installed, not quite 20 years ago, the brick pavers were intended to provide
a semi-permeable surface to facilitate stormwater drainage. But the pavers
have the tendency, during the winter freeze/thaw cycles, to be pushed out of
flush with grade, then get chopped up by snow plows. Currently large
stretches of Village Point in particular are missing pavers.
As Schnadenberg has
indicated, building an asphalt roadway to town specifications will be an
involved process. First the pavers and the layer of sand beneath them will
have to be removed. Then the stone subsurface, eight to 11 inches deep, will
have to be removed, actually underdug, to a total of approximately 21
inches. Then, per town spec, 12 inches of stone will be laid, topped by nine
inches of asphalt to bring the road surface up to grade.
The job will likely
be done in stages: Village Point between Sidewalk Road and Voyage Blvd.,
say, followed by Village Point between Voyage Blvd. and Gateway Blvd. In any
case, one lane of traffic will have to be maintained at all times.
East Porter Ave.
In other business,
Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that DLZ has narrowed the options for
replacing the crumbling East Porter Ave. bridge over Sand Creek--just east
of the Sand Creek Country Club--to three possibilities: a three-sided arched
culvert, a three-side flat culvert, and a four-sided box culvert.
The options may in
the end be distinctions without much of a difference, O’Dell suggested.
They’re all estimated to cost between $400,000 to $425,000. DLZ is currently
reviewing the options to find the most feasible, economical, and
maintenance-friendly one, he said.
voted unanimously to approve an expenditure not to exceed $13,000 for the
purchase and installation of decorative post sleeves for the streetlights
and street signs along Indian Boundary Road between North Calumet Road and
Ind. 49, including Plaza Drive.
that last year the Street Department sleeved the lights and signs along
North Calumet Road all the way to the intersection of Indian Boundary Road.
Next year, if
possible, Schnadenberg hopes to sleeve the lights and signs along Indian
Boundary Road east of Ind. 49.