North Calumet Road,
at long last, will be re-paved next week, Chesterton Street Commissioner
John Schnadenberg told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
been hoping to get the job done well before October, but delays in NIPSCO’s
gas-main replacement project--originally slated for four to five weeks but
in the end taking something like three months--put the kibosh on
Schnadenberg’s well-laid plans.
“I’m bound and
determined to finish the job this year,” Schnadenberg said. “And it looks
like the weather will hold out.”
The new schedule:
on Tuesday, Oct. 20, North Calumet Road between Indian Boundary Road and the
Norfolk Southern railroad at-grade crossing will be milled; then, from
Wednesday to Friday, Oct. 21-23, a new coat of asphalt will be applied.
be keeping the southbound lane of North Calumet Road open to traffic, so
motorists coming off Indian Boundary Road will still be able easily to
access the eateries along the west side of North Calumet Road as well as the
But the northbound
lane will be closed and motorists detoured to Wabash Ave., then to Locust
Street, then to Woodlawn Ave., and so back to North Calumet Road.
“We’re putting down
4.5 inches of new asphalt,” Schnadenberg noted. “We’re going to make the
roadway last a while.”
The North Calumet
Road re-pave is the last project of the season being partially funded by a
50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to authorize Schnadenberg to order a new Ford
F-550 pickup truck to replace an old F-250 scheduled to be removed from the
that he’s interested in the upgrade, as the F-550, equipped with a dump bed
and capable of hauling the wood chipper and other gear, would add some
versatility to the fleet. “It would still be utilized as a snowplow,” he
estimated the cost of the F-550 with the plow and dump bed at $95,000, and
said that he doesn’t expect delivery until May or June of next year.
Superintendent Dave Ryan warned motorists that crews will be working on
manholes along Wabash Ave. the week of Monday, Oct. 26.
expect the possibility that Wabash Ave. will be closed to traffic that week
between North Eighth Street and Locust Street.