VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board approved a contract with de Boer Egolf on Tuesday to install a 48-inch storm sewer to complete the drainage for the Hawthorne subdivision.
Deputy City Engineer Adam McAlpine said the project was scheduled for next year, but the funding was available because other projects were not being done or came in under budget.
The timing also was good because the third phase of the subdivision is being developed and the project needs to be completed. The city is installing a culvert under Burlington Beach Road needed for the Hawthorne storm sewer to tie into.
The storm sewer is the "missing link" connecting storm sewer intakes installed north of the subdivision last year and a storm sewer installed by the developer to direct storm water around the subdivision. The 485-foot section approved by the board will cost $51,745.
The sewer drains into the Flint Lake Garden Terrace drain, which goes under Burlington Beach east of Silhavy Road. The new culvert is being installed under the road this week so the road can serve as a detour for traffic on Vale Park Road when it is closed next month for the second phase of the five-points roundabout project.
The board also gave permission for Assistant Distribution Manager Mark Geskey to seek bids for the replacement of about 3,000 feet of case iron water main on LaPorte Avenue between the Eastgate roundabout and Roosevelt Road.
Geskey said the main has had about 50 breaks over the years and needs to be increased in size to accommodate construction at Valparaiso University, including the new residential facility planned for later this year. The 4- to 6-inch main will be upgraded to 8 to 12 inches.