Valpo utilities move on stormwater, waterline projects

2013-07-13T00:00:00Z Valpo utilities move on stormwater, waterline projectsPhil Wieland, (219) 548-4352

VALPARAISO | With the Chautauqua Park stormwater project about 50 percent complete and the five-points roundabout about a quarter done, the city's Utilities Board is ready to embark on a couple more projects.

The board opened eight bids Tuesday for construction of a storm sewer connecting the detention basin at the Life Care Center of the Willows, on Elizabeth Drive, to the new Thorgren detention basin on Roosevelt Road.

The project is designed to prevent stormwater from overflowing the Willows pond and running through the adjacent Harrington property to the west, including going through a building. The estimated cost of the construction was $135,138, and the low bid from DeBoer Egolf Corporation, of Portage, was $116,672.

The bids will be reviewed by the city's engineering staff and the board's lawyer before a recommendation is made at the board's July 23 meeting. The contract allows 45 days for construction, but Deputy City Engineer Adam McAlpine said it should be completed in 30.

The board opened bids two weeks ago for the replacement of almost 3,000 feet of cast iron water line on LaPorte Avenue from the roundabout to the former Porter hospital site and on Roosevelt Road. The new water line will be larger and made of more durable ductile iron.

The low bidder was G.E. Marshall, of Valparaiso, at $424,581, and the board approved awarding the contract to Marshall on Tuesday. Assistant Distribution Manager Mark Geskey said the contracts will be ready for the board to sign at its July 23 meeting, and Marshall will get the order to start the next day. The project is slated to be completed in 75 days.

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