More drainage work on Taft Street to start soon

2013-04-03T18:15:00Z 2013-04-03T21:41:47Z More drainage work on Taft Street to start soonChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

MERRILLVILLE | Work to improve drainage along Taft Street is expected to resume in coming weeks.

NIPSCO should be finished relocating an 8-inch gas line in about two weeks, said Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility.

The relocation work, which has occurred on Taft Place, uncovered issues involving drain tiles, Lake said. Those problems have been fixed, he said.

Once the relocation is finished, Dyer Construction Co. will finish the Taft Street drainage project, which sets out to significantly reduce flooding issues on Taft Street and in the Independence Hill subdivision.

Lake said installing box culverts across Taft Street is included in the project. The culverts will be connected to two retention ponds that were created last year.

The town anticipates traffic restrictions on Taft Street because workers will have to tear up the road to install the culverts.

The restrictions haven't yet been scheduled yet, but they will be announced before the culvert work.

Lake said officials are developing an updated construction schedule for the improvements.

Last year new box culverts were installed across 73rd Avenue for the drainage project. That work closed a portion of 73rd between Taft Street and Arthur Boulevard for four days.

Cleaning ditches also is included in the remaining work for the drainage improvements.

Lake said the entire project will be completed this year. Officials will have a better idea when work will end after the new construction schedule is established.

"We're heading into the homestretch," Lake said.

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