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New stoplight coming to Broadway

Updated: December 18, 2012 1:28PM



CROWN POINT — The Board of Public Works and Safety on Dec. 12 accepted and awarded the contract for the installation of a new traffic light at 107th Avenue and Broadway.

City Engineer Tris Miles told board members that the city had received two bids on this work. A bid from Hawk Enterprises in Crown Point was for $112,000, and one from Midwestern Electric of East Chicago was for $114,200. Hawk Enterprises on North Street in the city was awarded the contract as the lowest responsive bidder.

Both companies specialize in highway and street lighting and have excellent reputations.

Mayor David Uran said, “The city was allowed to piggy-back with the state job on Broadway.”

This allowed the city to be able to access the same prices as the state and was able to get their part done at the same time. Because of this agreement with the state the city has already done the underground and in-ground infrastructure work.

That work was paid for through the Redevelopment Commission and amounted to approximately $23,000.

According to Miles, as per an agreement with the developers on both sides of Broadway this is not going to cost the city anything. As the developers were putting in their commercial subdivisions as part of the planning process, both Superior Oil on the West side of the street and I-65 Partners, composed of Rossman & Associates and Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group had to put up $75,000 each.

According to Miles, both Superior and Rossman have delivered their checks for $75,000.

This $150,000 will not only pay for the Hawk Enterprises contract but will also reimburse the money spent by the Redevelopment Commission.

Now that the contract has been awarded and signed, Hawk Enterprises can order the parts that they will need to construct the traffic light.

The work will start soon and the light should be operational no later than April 2013, perhaps sooner, depending on delivery of parts and the weather.

The difference between the total approximate cost of $135,000 and the $150,000 paid for by the developers leaves a contingency amount of $15,000. There is enough there to cover any additional and unforeseen work that needs to be done on the intersection and then after that the remaining funds will be returned divided evenly to the developers after all work has been completed.



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