Central Avenue/County Line Road work to begin next year

2013-11-25T17:12:00Z 2013-11-25T22:38:28Z Central Avenue/County Line Road work to begin next yearJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Reconstructing the County Line Road and Central Avenue intersection likely will begin next year.

The Board of Works on Monday awarded a contract to American StructurePoint of Indianapolis for construction management and inspection duties on the project. The cost of the contract is $135,222.

That contract came after the Indiana Department of Transportation awarded Walsh & Kelly Inc. of Griffith the construction contract on Nov. 6. The cost of that contract is $1,097,324, just below the engineer's estimate of $1.17 million. It was lowest of six bids received by the state for the project.

The project has been a long time in coming to improve the intersection and was delayed due to land acquisition issues, including condemnation action on some of the 13 parcels.

The city received a $1.2 million federal highway safety improvement grant and is sharing the 10 percent local match requirement with Lake Station.

The project will remove a hill at the intersection and add lanes to the two presently on the Portage side to meet with the four on the Lake Station side of the intersection.

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