Black Oak soon to go with flow as project nears end
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 September 29, 2013 11:10PM
Carlos Torres of Hook's Concrete operates a curb machine laying concrete along 25th Avenue between Calhoun and Burr streets in Gary's Black Oak area. | Carole Carlson/Post-Tribune
Updated: November 1, 2013 6:09AM
GARY — A $1.14 million federally funded stormwater sewer project in Black Oak is in the home stretch.
In May, workers began ripping up a 1,500-foot section of 25th Avenue between Burr and Calhoun streets to install a 30-inch storm sewer, inlets, catch basins and curbing.
Workers will top the work with a new asphalt road. Stormwater flow from this area will be drained into an existing manhole on Burr Street which will direct the flow south.
Westbound traffic on 25th has been halted by the project during the summer.
It’s the second phase of the sewer project that’s aimed at reducing flooding problems for homeowners and businesses.
David Pena of Industrial & Environmental Services, the project’s contractor, said Thursday that he’s targeting completion for the week of Oct. 21.
SAJ Construction of Gary is working on the project along with subcontractor Hook’s Concrete.
Workers are installing concrete curbing this week and then the road will be paved, Pena said. Sodding on the shoulders will finish off the project.
Although it’s been an inconvenient summer for residents and businesses along the busy road, officials said most people have expressed their appreciation for the project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned and designed the project that’s authorized under the federal Water Resource Development Act. U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Merrillville, secured the grant money and the Gary Sanitary District provided 25 percent of the required match or $417,000.