By JEFF SCHULTZ
At its meeting
Monday, the Chesterton Town Council heard plans for construction work, to
begin next week, near the new Urschel Laboratories site.
Town Engineer Mark
O’Dell said crews from Walsh and Kelly Paving, of Valparaiso, will begin to
reconstruct Gateway Boulevard on Monday, first by removing the bricks near
the entrance to Ind. 49. He recommends the public utilize other roads to
access the property like Sidewalk Road, or Voyage Boulevard, and heading
east on Village Point.
At the same time,
Tonn and Blank will be busy moving earth to build the 21 foot wide bridge
that will cross Johnson Ditch to where the new Urschel corporate
headquarters will be.
O’Dell said Lake
Erie Land Company is overseeing the work of the Gateway Boulevard expansion.
The town will maintain the road while Porter County will be responsible for
the new bridge. The groups will meet Monday to go over the construction
Council member Jeff
Trout said he appreciates the assistance of former town employee Gary
Hammond, who has helped get plans for construction underway.
In other projects,
O’Dell reported that Midwestern Electric, of East Chicago, will be taking
charge of upgrading the traffic signal at the Calumet Road and Indian
Boundary intersection The company submitted a bid of $251,593. The work will
be paid fro through a 80/20 matching grant from the Northwest Indiana
Regional Planning Commission.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg said town road workers have milled and paved
up to 2 miles of new roadway this past week, near 1100 North and the high
school. Work will continue this summer and Schnadenberg asked for the
public’s cooperation with road closures.
“We just need a
little bit of patience,” said Schnadenberg.
At the start of
Monday’s brief meeting, Council member Jim Ton asked for a moment of silence
to honor the memory of three policeman in Indiana who were killed in the
line duty in recent days, including slain Gary Police officer Jeffrey