VALPARAISO — The city moved forward with two major projects, both scheduled for construction next year.
The Board of Works on Friday approved contracts with the Indiana Department of Transportation for the construction of the city's seventh roundabout and for the installation of about 1 mile of sidewalks through the Safe Routes to Schools Project.
Engineering Director Tim Burkman said the roundabout at Silhavy Road and LaPorte Avenue will cost $4.2 million, with 80 percent covered by the federal government. The local match, funded through the Redevelopment Commission, will be about $847,000.
The dual-lane roundabout at the city's busiest intersection will be similar to the five-points roundabout at Calumet/Vale Park/Roosevelt roads, he said.
The second project will add about 1 mile of sidewalks within a half-mile of Northview Elementary School, including along Glendale and Harrison boulevards and Franklin, Fair, Stanley, Randle, McKinley and Michigan streets. The estimated cost is $455,000, with 80 percent federally funded.
Burkman said this is the fourth safe routes project the city has undertaken.
It is anticipated both projects will be bid by INDOT in April, with the roundabout construction beginning in late May or June and the sidewalk construction after the end of the current school year.