Improvements approved for Portage lakefront

2014-03-02T17:45:00Z 2014-03-02T21:31:08Z Improvements approved for Portage lakefrontJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The city's Redevelopment Commission approved four repair/improvement projects at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

A fifth project was tabled as officials seek alternatives to lower costs.

The park is owned by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, but operated through an agreement by the city of Portage.

The projects were part of a larger list of 15 items in a repair and maintenance program presented to the commission last year.

Director of Community Development A.J. Monroe said once these projects are completed, it will take care of the 15 issues addressed in the larger report.

R.V. Sutton of Valparaiso received a contract for $7,585 to make repairs to the west node area which is the overlook at the west end of the site. Erosion had damaged the area.

Erosion had also closed the southern stairway in mid 2012. Gough, Inc. of Merrillville received the $124,348 contract to repair the stairs at the south end of the riverwalk.

Johnson Excavating of Valparaiso received the contract to make improvements to the south end of the entrance road, which was washed out in areas. It includes repairing a path from the southern end of the parking lot. The cost of the project is $59,680.

Rieth-Riley of Gary received a contract for $49,959 to extend guardrails in the area of the visitor parking lot. They will also install ribbon curbing.

The fifth project was to extend railing around the pavilion to help channel visitors to appropriate walkways. Monroe said the estimated cost of the project was $15,000, but the lone bid from Gough, Inc. was $33,9863.

City engineer John Hannon said they are looking at alternative solutions to the problem and believe the project could now be completed for $5,000.

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