Crown Point intersection will have to wait until next year for improvements
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent November 3, 2012 6:08PM
Updated: December 5, 2012 6:37AM
CROWN POINT — Residents wondering what happened to the traffic lights planned for the intersection of Merrillville Road and Summit Street will have to wait to next year to find out.
Signalization and lane improvements to the intersection have been pushed back due to a delay in the release of the necessary federal funding.
Mayor David Uran said the project was supposed to be completed in 2012 but changes to how federal transportation dollars are distributed have delayed release of the previously approved funding for the work.
“Funding is still available,” Uran said.
The project will be 95 percent federally funded.
The Board of Works and Public Safety last week approved an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation regarding the improvements to the intersection that include turn lanes and stoplights. The intersection now has four-way stop signs.
Officials expected to sign that agreement much earlier this year after they received approval from INDOT to enter negotiations with Robinson Engineering for the work. Cost is expected to be $169,725.
Tris Miles, Crown Point director of engineering, said he expects work to begin in spring 2013.
Robinson Engineering was the firm tapped for the signalizations projects at Indiana and North streets, and Indiana and Summit streets, which weighed in its favor for INDOT approval on the Merrillville Road project.