Schererville plans Austin Avenue project

2013-03-29T20:45:00Z 2013-03-29T21:13:14Z Schererville plans Austin Avenue projectChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

SCHERERVILLE | A project to reconstruct a portion of Austin Avenue could start in coming months.

Neil Simstad, of Nies Engineering, said the project is expected to reduce traffic problems on Austin Avenue in Schererville.

The road will be reconstructed from U.S. 30 to 77th Avenue.

A new water main and improvements to the storm sewer and sanitary lines also are expected.

An entrance to a nearby gas station will be removed during the work, Simstad said. An entrance to another business will be modified, he said.

Construction could begin in 90 days, Simstad said. After work begins, it is estimated the project could be finished in another 90 days, he said.

The road will remain open to emergency vehicles and local homes during the project.

Simstad discussed the project during a recent Plan Commission meeting to gather information for the final design and inform the commission and residents of the upcoming work.

One resident said he has had drainage problems on his property. He wanted to know if the project would affect the issue.

Simstad said he will work with the Public Works Department to examine the issue. If additional work is needed to rectify the situation, it could be added to the project, he said.

Another resident said his home isn't connected to the municipal sewer and water system. He asked if that would change during this project.

Public Works Director Jeff Huet said the town will determine the feasibility of extending those services to the home.

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