PORTAGE | Work is progressing on the $10 million Stone Avenue reconstruction project, but a Teamsters strike this summer and the discovery of bad soils along the way has put the project behind.
Project Manager Dan Komenda said the goal was to complete the stormwater infrastructure along Stone Avenue from Willowcreek Road to Debra Street by Thanksgiving. Depending on weather the next two months and other factors, workers may only complete the work to Swanson Road.
The project began about a month later than anticipated this summer because of the Teamsters strike. As the project progressed, poor quality soils were found. They were excavated and replaced to provide a solid bed for the pipe.
However, Komenda said Tuesday, several parts of the project have been or are near completion. Articulated block has been laid on the banks of Willow Creek to curtail erosion.
That pleases resident Lloyd Allen, who's home backs up to the creek. He nearly lost his fence to erosion before the project began.
"I think they're doing a good job," Allen said.
Work is continuing on Willow Creek at Stone Avenue where two drainage outfalls will be located. Within the next two weeks, that portion of the project will be completed.
Komenda said residents will see a significant shift in the project in about two weeks when portions of Stone Avenue will be dug up. The old water main will be removed. In an associated project, Indiana American Water Co. is laying new, larger water mains the length of Stone Avenue. The $1 million project will improve water pressure in the area.
Once work begins to dig up Stone Avenue, traveling the road will be more difficult. Komenda said drivers using the road need to be patient as trucks try to unload supplies and stay a distance from work vehicles or use alternate routes.