SCHERERVILLE | Safety improvements that include the creation of a roundabout on Cline Avenue could be in place by this fall.
The Schererville Town Council accepted a consulting contract with Butler, Fairman & Seufert for construction inspection services for the project.
Public Works Director Jeff Huet said the action was necessary to adhere to procedures associated with federal funding that will pay for 90 percent of the project, which is expected to cost about $1.5 million.
Clerk-Treasurer Janice Malinowski said the town could use money from various town funds to cover Schererville's portion of the cost.
Jake Dammarell, of Butler, Fairman & Seufert, said the project sets out to alleviate safety issues and traffic congestion on Cline Avenue between Rohrman Road and U.S. 30.
He said many crashes have happened in that area.
The roundabout will be created at the Cline Avenue and Rohrman Road intersection.
During a meeting about the project last year, town officials said roundabouts can seem daunting for motorists traveling through them for the first time, but are effective in improving traffic and safety once motorists become accustomed to them.
The project also involves improvements to issues on Cline Avenue near U.S. 30 and some work to a water main in the construction area, Dammarell said.
The work could begin when weather improves, Dammarell said. It's scheduled to be completed in early October. Landscaping work could occur after construction is finished.