The Porter Redevelopment Commission took several actions Tuesday related to
ongoing trail and sewer projects.
Approved was the apparent lowest qualifying bid of Woodruff & Sons with a
base bid of $245,433 to upgrade the Triangle lift station. The engineer’s
estimate was $253,600.
Porter director of development Mike Barry recommended the bid be accepted.
The lift station needs to be done in the spring of 2014. Porter is under an
agreed order with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to stop
sewage overflows into receiving waters.
As part of the IDEM order, the town also is building a new Porter Avenue
lift station, which will be tested this month. A fourth change-order was
OK’d for the lift station but Barry said overall, “We’re well ahead of the
game” for the project.
Approved last night on a 4-0 vote with member Elka Nelson absent was hiring
engineers Haas & Associates for services not to exceed $9,000 related to
extension of an alley at Franklin Street and Hageman Avenue; a second
engineering proposal submitted exceeded that of Haas.
Barry said the engineer’s estimate to pave 240 feet of alley 12 feet wide is
about $12,000 but other change-orders have resulted in cost savings. The
alley extension is needed to provide alternate access for residents who will
lose parking space due to the new Orchard Pedestrian Way hike/bike trail.
Barry said the redesigned eastern portion of the pedway --- a sidewalk along
the north side of Woodlawn Avenue west of League Lane --- probably will be
paved next week, and five homeowners along the route will be so notified.
Other pedway change-orders approved reduce the grant project by $28,643
because of the design change from a full 8 foot-wide trail with additional
shoulders to the sidewalk nearest the five homes, and reduce by $27,551 the
asphalt needed. The town’s 20 percent local share of these savings totals
After months of delay Porter’s Brickyard Trail remains unfinished at the
pedestrian bridge over U.S. 20 at Howe Road because the town’s awaiting a
mortgage release for property there it acquired. Once closing is final,
Barry said it will take only 10 to 14 days to finish the work.
Porter also is involved in construction of the Dunes Kankakee Trail that
generally parallels Indiana 49. Several jurisdictions are involved with
various segments and RDC attorney Gregg Sobkowski said trail stakeholders
will meet Oct. 21 to work out a memorandum of understanding.
The DK Trail begins at the Indiana Dunes State Park heading south to the
South Shore railroad bridge with a spur from Indiana 49 to the Calumet Trail
planned; Porter County will develop a section from north of U.S. 20 to the
Porter County Visitor Center. Barry said Porter’s missing DK link will be
designed and hook up with the Brickyard Trail, which at that time will be
renamed the DK Trail.
Once it is, better wayfaring signage will be installed, in part to eliminate
confusion over where to go when entering the Brickyard Trail at Lincoln
Street and Wagner Road in downtown Porter.
After the meeting RDC president Greg Stinson and Barry said work is
progressing on Porter’s downtown master plan as well as on an upgrade of
Tremont Road at U.S. 20. Both projects have been presented to the Northwest
Indiana Regional Development Authority for approval to allocate part of the
$19 million RDA grant previously awarded Porter for its Gateway to the
Indiana Dunes economic-development initiative.