Valpo commission approves funding for five-points project

2013-03-20T20:20:00Z 2013-03-20T22:27:07Z Valpo commission approves funding for five-points projectBy Phil Wieland, (219) 548-4352

VALPARAISO | The final numbers could get some tweaking, but the city's Redevelopment Commission approved funding Wednesday to cover the local share and the construction management contract for the five-points roundabout project.

City Engineering Director Tim Burkman told the commission construction could start in mid-April and is due to be completed in November. Walsh & Kelly was awarded the contract by the Indiana Department of Transportation for $2.27 million, of which more than 80 percent will be paid by federal grants.

With additional local funds to pay the city's share of the cost of installing new sewer and water lines, the commission authorized up to $248,500 from its funds to get the project going on schedule. The money is coming from the commission's North Calumet Avenue improvements budget, which will be reimbursed by $63,300 from the city's Utilities Board.

American StructurePoint, which designed the roundabout, was hired to handle the construction management for a total of $260,100. The company also received an additional $13,700 for additional design work on the project involving storm sewers design and a lighting redesign.

The city will be reimbursed $234,000 of the total by INDOT for the management contract, which is eligible for 90 percent federal funding. The roundabout will replace the signals at Roosevelt Road, North Calumet and Vale Park Road.

In order to use Burlington Beach Road as an alternate route to Vale Park during the roundabout's  construction, the commission also approved a request from Burkman to pay $50,126 to DiCicco Concrete, of Chicago Heights, to construct a concrete culvert to be installed on Burlington Beach between Ind. 49 and Silhavy Road.

The culvert will replace an existing culvert that is so badly deteriorated the road is closed to heavy truck traffic. The new culvert will enable trucks to use the road, Burkman said. DiCicco is building the 148 feet of 8-foot-by-5-foot culvert in advance of the city hiring the contractor to install it.

Bids from contractors will be opened March 28, and the commission could approve the funding at its April 10 meeting. This would enable the work to be done by May 15 when the second phase of the roundabout gets under way closing the east leg of Vale Park. The estimated cost of the culvert replacement was $268,000 and will require closing Burlington Beach east of Silhavy for about five days.

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