PORTAGE | Construction of the new Theater Drive should begin in about three weeks.
The new road will be constructed north from U.S. 6 on the west side of the former theater building. Family Express will begin construction of a gas station/convenience store at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Theater Drive.
The Redevelopment Commission on Wednesday awarded a contract for construction of the new road to Walsh & Kelly of Griffith for $252,575.
The company was the lowest of seven bidders. Other companies and their bids were: deBoer Egolf Corp. of Portage for $260,184; Dyer Construction of Dyer for $393,688; Gariup Construction of Gary for $335,900; HRP Construction of South Bend for $353,315; Olthoff, Inc. of Chicago Heights, Ill., for $336,199 and Rieth-Riley Construction of Gary for $267,501.
City Engineer John Hannon said the bid came well within the estimate of $307,120.
The commission also approved paying $150,000 to Mechanical Concepts for work at the University Center.
Building Commissioner Doug Sweeney said there had been noise issues related to the heating and air conditioning system in the building. The company has done everything it can to alleviate the vibrations causing the noise including adding insulation and ductwork.
While the noise measurements in three of the second floor classrooms still don't meet the standards set in the contract, said Sweeney, they are very close and there have been no complaints by instructors.
The commission accepted the recommendation and approved releasing the funds.