Roadwork to help ease traffic near M'ville school

2013-06-05T20:15:00Z 2013-06-05T20:21:07Z Roadwork to help ease traffic near M'ville schoolChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Town and school officials are collaborating to enhance a stretch of 77th Avenue that includes Salk Elementary School.

Town Manager Bruce Spires said a portion of the road between Taney Place and Marshall Street will be milled and repaved. Spires said Merrillville also plans to address issues with curbs on that portion of 77th Avenue.

Merrillville is using $109,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the construction project, Spires said.

While examining the construction area, Robinson Engineering, which provides engineering services to Merrillville, determined drainage work also is needed on the stretch of 77th Avenue.

Matt Lake, executive director of Merrillville's Stormwater Utility, said the stormwater infrastructure there is outdated and requires replacement.

The town's Stormwater Management Board decided Tuesday to commit up to $50,000 of stormwater funding for the drainage improvements.

Salk Elementary School is planning additional roadwork on the south side of 77th Avenue, Spires said.

The road will be widened to alleviate parking issues outside the school, he said.

Some people visiting Salk have had to park on the street, Spires said. Widening the road will prevent congestion on 77th Avenue, he said.

A construction schedule for the enhancements hasn't been announced.

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