CROWN POINT | Work to install parking lots, sidewalks and other concrete and paving projects in the city-owned sports complex was awarded to Crown Point-based Austgen Equipment.
The firm submitted the low bid of $972,555 for the work in the latest round of improvements to the complex, in the 1300 block of East North Street.
Work was expected to begin this week, City Engineer Tris Miles said.
Four new youth-size softball playing fields are being installed in the third phase of work, with one of the four to be designed with enhanced seating for tournament play.
A concession and restroom building and paved parking for up to 650 cars are included, along with improved lighting and the extension of Bulldog Boulevard to the area at the southern end of the complex.
The work is expected to be finished by the start of the 2014 girls league softball season. Older buildings and fencing on the fields had been taken down earlier this year.
Contracts totaling $877,000 for fencing and electrical work had been awarded last month.
Other bidders for the concrete and paving work were Rieth-Riley Construction co., Gary, at $1,052,409; Walsh and Kelly Inc., Griffith, at $1,128,062; Gariup Construction, Gary, at $1,380,900 and Larson-Danielson Construction Co., LaPorte, at $1,538,433.
The work is part of an estimated $4 million third phase of improvements to the 95-acre complex.
Earlier projects included installation of two football/soccer fields made of artificial turf and a second phase in which three adult-size softball fields were added, with accompanying parking, restroom and concession areas, improved road access and other amenities.
All three phases of work are expected to total an estimated $10.5 million, using funding form redevelopment dollars and other sources.