Hobart Sanitary Board eyes sewer work

2013-12-12T00:00:00Z Hobart Sanitary Board eyes sewer workDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Plans are going forward toward adding a sewer line and regional lift station to the final phase of the 61st Avenue improvement project, City Engineer Phil Gralik said.

Gralik told the Hobart Sanitary/Stormwater Board on Wednesday his staff has been gathering data and mapping the area with plans to have cost estimates presented at the Jan. 8 meeting.

"We are one month into looking at how the city can provide sanitary sewers for the area south of 8th Street," Gralik said.

The city is on schedule to begin the third and final phase of improvements to 61st Avenue in spring 2015.

Those improvements would begin at Arizona and end at Ind. 51. Estimated cost of the third phase is $13.9 million.

Even though the start of the third phase work is more than a year away, city officials need to move forward with information on the sewer installation because of deadlines set by INDOT.

"We have to have the design by March," Gralik said.

Gralik and other officials have said installing the sewer line along 61st Avenue during the road improvements would save the city money in the long run.

Gralik estimated the cost to build the sewer line and lift station would be significantly higher, around 50 percent, if installed after the 61st Avenue road improvements are completed.

In other business, new storm sewers built in the area of South Mundell are substantially completed, Gralik said.

"All that remains are the bells and whistles to do," Sanitary Board Chairman Bob Fulton said.

Workers will return in the spring to complete unfinished concrete work and landscaping.

Rex Construction was hired by the city to build new storm sewers in the area of South Mundell to alleviate future flooding.

The work included California, Virginia and Delaware streets.

Despite construction-related inconveniences since last spring, several residents said they hoped the sewer improvements the city is making will solve flooding issues going back more than 50 years.

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