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Valparaiso City Hall

Valparaiso City Hall

VALPARAISO — Two projects that will improve safety and connectivity in the city moved forward recently.

The Board of Works last week approved a contract with DLZ to manage the Northview Safe Routes project, which will add about a mile of sidewalk in the Northview Elementary School area. The contract was for $53,740.

Tim Burkman, city engineering director, said this is the fourth project the city will undertake through the Safe Routes to Schools Program.

The project will be bid through the Indiana Department of Transportation on April 11. Work will begin after school is out for the summer and should be substantially completed by the time school begins in August.

The total project cost is $425,000, with 80 percent being paid through the federal grant. The city's cost is about $85,000.

A second project will construct a pathway on the west side of Lafayette Street between Brown and Monroe streets. The project will provide a connection between the downtown Central Park Plaza and the transportation-oriented district.

Burkman said the project will include a pathway and decorative streetlights on both sides of the street.

The Board of Works awarded a contract to Rex Construction, the lowest of four bidders on the project, for a cost of $93,536. The project is being funded through the city's Redevelopment Commission.

Construction will begin in the fall, after the city's utility department replaces a water line in the area.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.