Spring will bring pothole fix for Cline Avenue
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 January 18, 2014 11:48AM
The Indiana Department of Transportation closed Cline Avenue earlier this month to repair an outbreak of potholes. A $7.27 million revamp of the road will start later this year. | Post-Tribune File Photo
Updated: January 18, 2014 5:45PM
There is relief on the way for pothole-peppered Cline Avenue.
The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to begin a $7.27 million resurfacing project in the spring along Cline, from Interstate 80-94 north to U.S. 12.
The project includes bridge work over Ind. 912 over Gary Avenue, as well. Rieth Riley Construction is the project contractor.
INDOT LaPorte District Director Robert Alderman said Thursday at a Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission meeting that he “pulled the trigger” to close Cline Avenue from the Borman Expressway to U.S. 12 on Jan. 18 after numerous complaints from motorists about crater-size potholes damaging their cars.
“Cline Avenue looked like it had been bombed out,” said Alderman. Four INDOT crews filled the potholes with cold patch and it reopened on Jan. 20. Repairs have continued this week.
Alderman said heavy truck traffic on Cline’s industrial corridor and last week’s rapid freeze-thaw cycle was a recipe for pothole problems.
“We’re trying to stay with Cline because of the high traffic counts. We have a lot of problems elsewhere, there’s no question about that,” he said, acknowledging that sections of Broadway in Gary were plagued with potholes, as well.
Alderman’s district includes 16 northwest Indiana counties, but he said the potholes seem more acute in counties closer to Lake Michigan — Lake, Porter and LaPorte.
He said crews have to rely on cold patch, because all the hot patch asphalt plants close down for the winter season. Cold patch designed to stay more pliant to fill holes in colder weather, but as a result is not as durable when temperatures rise again.
“It would be nice if one plant stayed open. We’ll have to find a way to a make a common investment, a cooperative. We have to find ways to pull together and find resources that benefit everyone.”