CROWN POINT | Work toward a major fix to a key downtown street began this week, Crown Point officials said.
East Street between North and Wells streets will be repaved and receive improved curbs and gutters in the project expected to cost about $350,000, officials said.
The street is home to Crown Point City Hall, the Police and Fire departments and the Civic Center. It is one block east of the downtown.
Work by Griffith-based Walsh & Kelly began Monday at the southern end of the project, near the intersection of East and Wells streets.
Completing the job, including repaving the street, could take three to four weeks, City Engineer Tris Miles said.
Lane restrictions may be needed at times during the project, Miles said.
The work will be funded through city redevelopment dollars made up of revenue generated by the city's tax increment financing districts, officials said.
East Street helps feed traffic into the city's retail district, including a new library between Main and East streets, city officials said in approving the use of redevelopment funding.
Improving East Street had been on a wish list for years, but the cost would have gutted the city's annual road repaving budget. The strictly local road is not eligible for federal funding, city officials said.
West Street, west of the downtown, was improved last year in a more extensive project that included rehabilitation of underground storm and sanitary sewer systems. The street was resurfaced between West Joliet Street and Anderson Street.
Federal funding covered 75 percent of the cost of the $2.1 million project, designed to improve the efficiency of the storm sewer system and alleviate flooding.