VALPARAISO | Construction of a five-legged, two-lane roundabout is expected to start later this month, and Valparaiso is holding a meeting Wednesday night at the Valparaiso YMCA to explain how it will be done.
The 7 p.m. meeting in the Y's community room will provide information and answer residents' questions about the project. Engineering Director Tim Burkman said he will have a presentation about the project.
"Our main objective is to allow people to ask questions and provide them with answers," Burkman said. "This will give them a chance to see up close the plans and the proposed detour routes. We will have exhibits on display, and city representatives will be available to answer questions."
The $2.27 million project will be completed by fall. NIPSCO already is moving utility lines, and expects to complete that for the expected mid-April start of construction. Construction will start with the Roosevelt Road leg and proceed in a counter-clockwise fashion.
Calumet Avenue and Roosevelt will remain open throughout the construction but Vale Park Road will be closed at different times. The latest information on construction and detours will be posted on the city's website at www.valpo.us under the engineering department's city projects page.
Burkman said the city has not received an invoice for its share of the cost from the Indiana Department of Transportation. The notice to proceed can't be given to the contractor Walsh and Kelly until the city sends the money to INDOT. The city's Redevelopment Commission approved the $248,500 for the local share in March.