Munster OKs street resurfacing contracts, change in water main project

2013-03-12T18:45:00Z 2013-03-12T23:00:05Z Munster OKs street resurfacing contracts, change in water main projectLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 12, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

MUNSTER | Designated streets around town will be resurfaced this year and the water main replacement on White Oak Avenue will be less troublesome for residents because of action taken Monday by the Town Council.

Council members unanimously approved awarding the 2013 street resurfacing contract to Walsh & Kelly, of Griffith, for unit pricing not to exceed $2.21 million. The other contractor picking up a bid package for the resurfacing was Rieth-Riley, of Goshen, Ind., who submitted a bid of about $2.7 million.

The resurfacing will occur on some residential streets and main roadways and will include curb replacement, said Jim Knesek, director of operations. The funding will come from a combination of bond issues, gaming revenue and money from Munster’s tax increment financing district.

The emergency water main replacement on White Oak Avenue between Fran-Lin Parkway and Wren Drive became necessary when the 8-inch main began breaking down because of its brittle condition. On Jan. 28, Gatlin Plumbing was hired to replace the main for $66,350.

The project’s scope included locating the new water main in the parkway and removing driveway aprons and sidewalks.

Additional costs to the town and inconvenience to residents would be involved in replacing the concrete driveway aprons and sidewalks.

However, crews determined that gas and electric lines were located in those parkways, and Gatlin officials decided it would be better to locate the new water main in the middle of the road to avoid interfering with existing utilities, Knesek told the Town Council.

A change order for $3,630 to relocate the water main was approved at Monday’s meeting. That extra money will come from the town’s water fund and includes saw-cutting and removing the street’s asphalt road, excavating the street and placing stone in the trench. The street will be resurfaced in the spring, Knesek said.

In addition to keeping residents happy because their driveways and sidewalks won’t be disturbed, the move saves Munster more than $14,000 in concrete costs, Knesek said.

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