169th Street project to begin impacting traffic on Columbia Avenue

2013-06-17T20:15:00Z 2013-06-17T22:20:20Z 169th Street project to begin impacting traffic on Columbia AvenueChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The 169th Street reconstruction project will impact traffic on Columbia Avenue through early July.

Restrictions began last week, with the 169th Street and Columbia Avenue intersection limited to northbound traffic only through Thursday.

The intersection will be completely closed July 2 and 3 for paving work.

City Engineer Stan Dostatni said the project is slightly behind schedule because unexpected issues arose underground with the location of sewer lines and water mains.

The 169th Street project encompasses the road from Southeastern to Harrison avenues, and traffic is currently restricted to one lane westbound for local traffic. Eventually, traffic will switch to an eastbound lane, Dostatni said.

The road will be reconstructed with new water mains, sewers and a new street, Dostatni said. A bulk of the $9.1 million project is being paid by federal funds, Dostatni said.

“If you drove down it before this project started, (169th Street) was exceptionally bad, especially form Southeastern up to Calumet,” Dostatni said.

Dostatni said the restrictions at Columbia Avenue will allow crews to tie in sewer lines and water mains underneath the intersection.

The road will reopen by December, but a limited amount of work may continue into next year, Dostatni said.

The 169th Street reconstruction project is one of several road projects planned in the city.

Lane restrictions began on Indianapolis Boulevard this month from 165th and 169th streets, just south of the Nine-Span Bridge project. The restrictions are expected to last through November as crews resurface the road and work on parkways, sidewalks and ornamental lighting.

A $30 million upgrade to Chicago Street is likely to begin in 2015. The city has received $19 million in federal and state funding for the project and has applied for an additional $9.5 million from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

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