SCHERERVILLE | An upcoming project will replace a crumbling culvert associated with the Spring Street Ditch in Schererville, town officials said.
The condition of the culvert was assessed by the Lake County surveyor's office following a report of a sinkhole in downtown Schererville, Town Manager Bob Volkmann said.
Public Works Director Jeff Huet said Lake County is responsible for the maintenance of the Spring Street Ditch and the culvert, which runs near Joliet Street.
During the inspection, it was discovered the old culvert has rotted out and emergency repairs are necessary, Volkmann said.
The culvert replacement could begin Saturday and the project could be finished Sunday, Volkmann said. The completion of the project is dependent on the weather.
"We're expecting that to get going" soon, Town Councilman Tom Schmitt said of the project.
The town was asked to provide financial assistance for the replacement work, which received approval from the Lake County Drainage Board, Huet said.
Although Schererville isn't responsible for the maintenance of the culvert, "it's in our interest" to have it replaced, Huet said.
On Monday, the Schererville Town Council approved an interlocal agreement with the Drainage Board.
According to the interlocal agreement, Schererville will fund 30 percent of the project, Schmitt said.
Huet estimated the town's contribution would be about $20,000.
Volkmann said interlocal agreements in which municipalities contribute funding for county drainage projects are common.