Chase Street, 91st Avenue upgrades planned

2013-07-22T19:00:00Z 2013-07-22T22:28:04Z Chase Street, 91st Avenue upgrades plannedChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | The town is expected to enhance two roads near the southwest corner of Merrillville after nearly a decade without major improvements to the roads.

Town Manager Bruce Spires said Chase Street and 91st Avenue will be reconstructed this fall so they are stronger.

There have been issues with the base of Chase Street, which has caused the road to collapse, Spires said.

Town Councilwoman Chrissy Barron said signs asking Merrillville to improve the roads have been posted within that area in the past.

Spires said Merrillville last completed significant repairs there about eight years ago.

Merrillville estimates the project would cost around $120,000, Spires said. Funding from a $1.9 million bond issue the Town Council will consider authorizing Tuesday would be used for the project.

Remaining funding from the bond issue would go toward road repairs in other areas of Merrillville, Spires said.

Chase Street and 91st Avenue are near the Crown Point border.

Barron said Crown Point has plans for its own project near there.

The city looks to build a roundabout and trailhead at the 93rd Avenue entry of the Erie Lackawanna bike trail.

Bid letting for Crown Point's project is planned for fall of 2014, with work expected to start later that year or in early 2015.

The roundabout would replace the existing L-shaped intersection of 93rd Avenue and Chase Street, which is north of the Lake County Government Complex.

The new design will soften the curve of the road at the location and slow traffic.

Spires said Merrillville is collaborating with the engineer for Crown Point's project as the town plans the Chase Street and 91st Avenue enhancements.

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