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Road and bridge work begins next week near Urschel site

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Construction season: Work is set to begin on extending Gateway Drive across Coffee Creek to the Urschel plant under construction south of the terminus of Dickinson Road. The new road segment will extend east from the vicinity of Lakeshore Bone and Joint across a new bridge. Top photo: Urschel plant; bottom photo Gateway Drive. (Tribune photos by Aby Canright)



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 plans.

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.

Also, Street 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 Westerfield.


Posted 7/16/2014