MUNSTER | What began as a sewer separation project along White Oak Avenue has turned into a driving and walking challenge for motorists, schoolchildren and residents, town officials concede.
But the dust from the torn-up roadway will settle by mid-June when the final layers of asphalt are poured, Munster Town Engineer Jim Mandon said.
The Hammond Sanitary District, which controls Munster’s sewer system, has been under mandate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to separate the combined sewer system that was installed in the 1940s in the Wicker Park Estates neighborhood along Northcote Avenue and adjacent side streets and in areas south of Ridge Road.
These combined sewers have been taking water and sewage from households into Schoon Ditch in a spill-over system for decades, Mandon said.
During the sewer separation project along White Oak, crews found utilities that weren’t identified on any maps, officials said.
“They were live when they were supposed to be disconnected,” Mandon said of the utility lines.
That meant White Oak Avenue’s pavement needed to be torn out along with other side streets, he said. Most of the construction has been from Fisher Street north past Elliott Elementary School.
Mandon said crews had to wait for the asphalt plants to open, which occurred less than two weeks ago.
Money from the Munster street fund is being used to fund the resurfacing projects in these areas, he said.