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Porter Avenue could reopen Monday

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By KEVIN NEVERS

How much longer will folks have to keep detouring around the incredibly inconvenient closure of West Porter Ave. between Eighth and Fifth streets?

Another week for sure. But--Chesterton Town Engineer Mark ODell is hopeful--no more than that.

At the Town Council’s meeting Monday night, O’Dell reported that the re-lining of the 42-inch sanitary sewer main beneath Eighth Street--from West Porter Ave. north to West Indiana Ave.--could be done by the end of the day on Friday.

The road closure would still remain in effect over the weekend and into Monday, at which time a manhole repair would be made and then Eighth Street re-opened to traffic.

Of course, with the weather the way it’s been, who knows? O’Dell cautioned.

Re-Paving

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that the season’s paving work--funded by a $1.5-million general obligation bond issue--is set to commence on Monday, July 7.

Crews will begin re-surfacing those roadways in front of Chesterton High School, Bailly Elementary School, and Westchester Intermediate School, with the idea of finishing them before school starts in August:

* 1050N from Fifth Street to 11th Street.

* Fifth Street from West Porter Ave. to 1100N.

* 11th Street from 1100N to 1050N.

Just in time for that work, Schnadenberg noted, he and eight of his Street Department employees just finished attending a work zone safety program.

Fifth Street Utility Poles

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg told the council that it might still be 30 or 40 days before all utility lines have been removed from the old NIPSCO poles along Fifth Street to the new ones. Only then, he said, can NIPSCO yank the old ones out of the ground.

The problem appears to be this, Schnadenberg said: NIPSCO did not actually notify Comcast, for example, that it would have to move its line, until this year, well after the new poles had been sunk. The Duneland School Corporation will also need to move its fiber optic line.

Schnadenberg added that he and Town Manager Bernie Doyle are working to keep this a front-burner issue for the utilities involved.

 

Posted 6/24/2014