Second replacement culvert installed in Stillwater subdivision

2012-11-19T19:45:00Z 2012-11-19T20:06:15Z Second replacement culvert installed in Stillwater subdivisionSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
November 19, 2012 7:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Installation of a replacement culvert on Stillwater Parkway got under way late last week, and the road could reopen to traffic within a few weeks. 

Workers at the Stillwater Parkway site on Monday were completing the culvert installation and pouring sidewalks, City Engineer Tris Miles said.

The culvert over Smith Ditch was the second of three to be replaced in the Stillwater subdivision in the wake of legal action brought by homeowners.

The city acted under court order early this year to remove the Stillwater Parkway, Greenview Place and Crooked Creek Trail road crossing over Smith Ditch, closing all three roads to traffic.

The culvert on Greenview Place, a throughway connecting U.S. 231 and Indiana Avenue, was first to be replaced and the road reopened to traffic in October.

Stillwater Parkway could reopen in about two weeks, Miles said.

The Crooked Creek Trail culvert will be replaced next year, he said.

The culvert replacements cap years of legal issues because the crossings were installed over the ditch without permits from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources when Stillwater was developed in the late 1990s.

A 2009 federal lawsuit against the developers and the city, brought by Stillwater Homeowners Association and a few individual homeowners, alleged negligence led to flooding and damage to homes.

A settlement of the lawsuit was reached in May. The terms weren't disclosed.

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