Repairs coming to water-weary street
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 August 25, 2014 10:00PM
Motorists navigate high water last week along 45th Avenue, west of Broadway in Gary. The spot floods routinely and the Gary Sanitary District plans to install storm sewers to alleviate the flooding. | Carole Carlson/Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 26, 2014 2:03AM
GARY — A fix is in store for the persistent flooding that plagues 45th Avenue, just west of Broadway, according to city officials.
Beginning Wednesday, workers will install new storm sewers that are designed to alleviate the flooding that has periodically struck the popular east-west thoroughfare for years.
The project is expected to take about two weeks to complete, officials said.
Earlier this month, the Gary Storm Water Management District Board approved a $18,621 contract with Boyd Construction, of Hobart, to install 48-inch sewer pipes to reduce the flooding problems.
“Water will be routed back into the ground, we’re trying to mimic natural processes. It works fairly well in lot of areas of Gary because of sandy soils,” said Dan Vicari, executive director of Gary’s storm water and sanitary districts.
The section of the street that fills with water is just east of the now-closed Lew Wallace STEM Academy.
For several years, the flooding has turned the road into a water hazard for motorists and pedestrians.
Vicari said the original design has not worked since 2003. A “high water” sign warns motorists of the flooding.
“We are working on low-impact techniques,” he said. “They’ll use a large-diameter perforated piping. You need a temporary storage area. The problem has been the only storage area are the catch basins themselves.”