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Work on Chesterton's Ind. 49 corridor project drawing to a close

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After weather-induced hiccups this winter and spring, the Ind. 49 utility corridor project is finally nearing completion.

So Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported to the Redevelopment Commission at its meeting Monday night.

The water main is in, the sanitary sewer system is mostly in, and restoration has begun on the east side of Ind. 49, near the Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute at Coffee Creek Center, where road pavers removed for excavation are being replaced.

Meanwhile, the foundation for the lift station building has been poured and the pumps are on their way but the building will still need to be wired and powered, O’Dell said.

Also in the works: the extension of Porter County’s portion of the sanitary sewer system, which will serve unincorporated Liberty Township south of the town’s corporate limits.

“We’re kind of wrapping things up,” O’Dell said.

The basic concept of the project is to open commercial development along the Ind. 49 corridor, by extending sanitary sewer, stormwater, water, and fiber optic infrastructure south under the Indiana Toll Road, across Ind. 49 from the east side to the west side, and then down to the town’s southernmost corporate limit.

Porter County has partnered with the town and paid the $724,409 cost of up-sizing the sanitary sewer line to give it sufficient capacity to serve unincorporated property owners.

Total cost of the project, including the county’s share: $2,880,865. General contractor: LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point.

“This is something we’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Town Council Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, said at the end of the council’s meeting later in the evening. “This is important to the future of Chesterton and the county. This is a big deal.”


Members voted 5-0 to pay the following claims: $124,342.42 from LGS Plumbing; $1,303.60, $15,665, and $700, all from DLZ; and $837.50 from Harris Welsh & Lukmann.



Posted 5/30/2013