Project aims to improve drainage, add amenties to C.P. intersection

2013-04-28T00:00:00Z Project aims to improve drainage, add amenties to C.P. intersectionBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A project to better manage stormwater at the intersection of 101st Avenue and Broadway could include a small pond, fishing piers and a walking trail.

An amphitheater, boat docks, picnic shelter and concession stand are among other amenities proposed for the approximately 17-acre site in a conceptual plan provided by the Crown Point Engineering Department.

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to oversee work on the stormwater drainage improvement project and amenities under terms of a local partnership agreement approved recently by Crown Point officials. The project will use a combination of federal and local matching funds.

Broadway is a state road, also called Indiana 53, and construction is likely to happen in 2015, state highway department spokesman Matt Deitchley said.

Funding of $322,000 from the Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program has been approved, officials said. The local match amounts to 20 percent of the total cost.

Crown Point officials said this week they will reach out to counterparts in Lake County and Merrillville for their participation in the project.

"It's a nice, centrally located area with benefits for the entire Little Calumet River basin," Crown Point city engineer Tris Miles said. "It also lends itself to recreation."

The site at the northwest corner of of Broadway and 101st Avenue is a former farm field, which at times sent excess stormwater spilling out onto Broadway, forcing lane closures, officials said.

Specifics of the drainage improvements being proposed to better manage the collection and flow of stormwater will not be available until engineering design work is completed, officials said.

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