M'ville drainage project to affect traffic on 73rd Avenue

2013-07-02T21:00:00Z 2013-07-02T22:44:25Z M'ville drainage project to affect traffic on 73rd AvenueChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Upcoming drainage work will divert traffic on Taft Street near 73rd Avenue.

In coming weeks, Dyer Construction, the contractor for the project, will need to close Taft Street to install a new drainage system, said Matt Lake, executive director of Merrillville's Stormwater Utility.

Although a portion of Taft Street will be closed, traffic will be diverted to Taft Place, which runs parallel to Taft Street, Lake said.

Dyer Construction has suggested completing the work at night to avoid traffic issues.

Lake said he will meet with Town Manager Bruce Spires to determine if that is feasible.

Dyer Construction is currently installing storm sewers south of 73rd Avenue between Taft Place and Taft Street.

Work to install the new drainage system will start after the sewers are finished.

Lake said it will be "a couple weeks" before workers are done in that area.

The last phase of the drainage project involves the installation of a box culvert connected to Calumet Park Cemetery.

Lake said utility relocation work is necessary before the box culvert is installed.

The entire project, which started in August last year, could be complete this fall, Lake said.

Two new retention ponds were created along Taft Street in 2012.

The Stormwater Utility is in the midst of planning several other projects, including the construction of its resource center.

During a special meeting scheduled for July 9, the Stormwater Management Board is expected to open construction bids for the new 6,800-square-foot building.

The utility’s administration office and an education center will be in the structure, but most of the building will serve as storage for stormwater equipment.

The facility will be built on land the town bought at 7404 Broadway.

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