Every single story
the Chesterton Tribune has ever written on Phase II of the
Westchester-Liberty Trail--going back years--has been in error.
That’s the first
bit of news from Monday nights’ Town Council meeting.
The second bit of
news--from which the Tribune’s municipal reporter managed to deduce
his long-standing mistake--is that right-of-way acquisition for Phase II has
between 11th Street and Fifth Street the W-L Trail will not be
constructed on the north side of 1100N. It will in fact be constructed on
the south side. Pedestrians making their way eastbound along the north side
of 1100N from Dogwood Park--Phase I of the W-L--will have to cross to the
south side of 1100N at approximately Woodland Drive.
regrets the mistake.
Meanwhile, as Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported on Monday, right-of-way acquisition for Phase
II has been successfully completed, with members voting unanimously to
purchase three separate pieces of property on the south side of 1100N: from
the Duneland School Corporation ($34,600); the Duneland Unit of the Boys and
Girls Club of Porter County ($21,200); and a private property owner east of
the Duneland Unit ($19,500).
A fourth piece of
property--immediately west of the Growing Kids Learning Center at the
southwest corner of 1100N and 11th Street--was donated to the town by Norman
Novak’s Professional Complex of Chesterton.
O’Dell told the
council that the project should be let in March and April with construction
commencing in the summer. “We’re right here at the 11th hour,” he said.
“It’s all falling into place.”
“This one is for
the kids,” noted Member Jim Ton, R-1st, adding that the W-L Trail will
safely link four schools--CHS, WIS, Bailly, and CMS--to the Duneland Unit of
the Boys and Girls Club.
Ton also noted that
80 percent of the $75,300 which the town paid for the right-of-way will be
reimbursed, thanks to the three separate 80/20 grants provided to the town
by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Those grants total
$1,074,394. The project is being engineered by American Structurepoint Inc.,
which was awarded a $188,230 contract in September 2014 to design the
sidewalk; conduct an environmental survey of the designated wetlands
immediately east of Rosehill Estates; and acquire right-of-way.
When completed, the
W-L Trail will effectively connect Dogwood Park to Coffee Creek Center, with
Phase III continuing east along the south side of 1100N to a point several
hundred feet west of 100E. The trail will then proceed south into the
Tamarack subdivision via a piece of property owned by the Park Department
and finally debouch onto 100E at Rail Road.
Re: East Porter
Ave. Bridge over Sand Creek
In other business,
members voted unanimously to award a contract to DLZ, in the amount of
$98,065, to engineer a replacement for the East Porter Ave. bridge over Sand
Earlier this year
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that the existing bridge is
crumbling and in serious need of replacement, which wouldn’t unduly
inconvenience the town if the bridge belonged to the Porter County Highway
Department, as all bridges in the county do with spans of at least 20 feet.
the town, the East Porter Ave. bridge over Sand Creek falls some eight
inches shy of 20 feet. That means the town is responsible for its
On Monday, O’Dell
indicated that DLZ is likely to look at less expensive alternatives to the
existing bridge: a “three-span culvert or a giant box culvert,” for