State to buy Lansing land to bolster Torrence Ave. resurfacing

2013-03-22T19:15:00Z 2013-03-22T23:20:07Z State to buy Lansing land to bolster Torrence Ave. resurfacingGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 22, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

LANSING | As part of an effort by the Illinois Department of Transportation to improve Torrence Avenue in Lansing and Calumet City, the Village Board approved the sale of a tiny parcel of land to the state.

State transportation officials plan to resurface Torrence Avenue from Interstate 80/94 in Lansing, north to Sibley Boulevard in Calumet City this summer.

But at the bridge over the Little Calumet River that is the border between the two towns, the resurfacing project would involve land that is under village control rather than the state.

That led the Village Board on Tuesday to vote 6-0 to approve an agreement by which 7/100th of an acre near the bridge will be given to the state, which will pay Lansing $18,500 for the plot.

Village President Norm Abbott said the sale is a procedural move that will benefit Lansing by providing a significantly improved Torrence Avenue, which is one of the major thoroughfares through the south suburb.

“We’re going to get a complete repair and resurfacing of Torrence all the way up to Sibley,” Abbott said.

In other measures, the Village Board approved a contract with D. Construction, of Coal City, Ill., for $315,218.15 to repair the box culvert on Burnham Avenue at 191st Street.

Trustee Terry Kapteyn said the structural integrity of the bridge at that site is too weak to allow heavy trucks to cross over.

The site is near the Nathan Hale Elementary School, 19055 Burnham Ave., and Kapteyn said officials will not begin construction until after the school year ends in June.

He said officials are hoping work on the project will be complete within four weeks.

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