Lowell regroups on infrastructure improvement plans

2013-08-25T18:40:00Z 2013-08-25T22:59:07Z Lowell regroups on infrastructure improvement plansMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 25, 2013 6:40 pm  • 

LOWELL | The state's paving project through town has cut into the town's curb and sidewalk project, so changes are pending.

The Town Council recently learned some curbs and handicap ramps were replaced during the Indiana Department of Transportation's Ind. 2 project through Lowell.

Lowell Public Works Director Greg Shook said the unexpected work requires a re-survey for the town's project.

Roger Kotlowsky of Commonwealth Engineering said the re-survey will not cost the town more money.

"You'll pay the $ 280,000 you planned. ... It's net zero," he said.

In addition to the survey, more easement agreements will be necessary, Kotlowsky said. The next step will be to retain appraisers for the easements, he said.

Shook said the town's curbs and sidewalks project now won't go out for bids until January 2015.

"This is due to INDOT's planning schedule and availability of federal highway funds. In July, I filed the required documents with INDOT to verify our intentions of proceeding with this project to reserve the federal funding, $1.1 million dollars," he said.

The council agreed to pay $5,000 from the town's unsafe building fund and $2,768 from the council's budget to pay for any additional money due on the Old Grade School demolition.

Federally funded through Lake County, the county had approved $178,000 for the project which was completed for $182,268.

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