Road repairs approved for portion of East Street
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org April 2, 2013 12:16PM
Updated: June 3, 2013 2:04AM
CROWN POINT — The Redevelopment Commission recently gave its blessing to the repair and resurfacing of East Street from North Street to Wells Street. This was approved up to $350,000.
The total street budget for the entire city is just $500,000, which is why East Street has not been done in the past.
Walsh & Kelley, which already has a paving contract with the city, will have this added to its contract.
East Street between Wells and South streets has had signs warning drivers of the condition of the street in recent years.
While the heavy construction vehicles and heavy fire engines take a toll along the stretch of East Street between North and Clark, that area is still in good condition. The area between South and Wells has many areas where the curbs have just disappeared altogether.
This is also the area where the Beazer Valley waterway now goes underground.
The Beazer starts around Wells Street Park and flows northwest under East, Main and Court streets before turning north to the area recently connected with new underground stormwater sewers.
The flow moves to the Beaver Dam Ditch that runs across North Main Street and heads on to Lake Michigan.
Around the turn of the 20th century, there were bridges that crossed over the Beazer on Main Street, a few houses north of South Street, and one on Court Street just north of South Street.
There are areas along the way where water still spills into the Beazer where the old clay drain tiles have broken. One resident has even had a small sink hole in his back yard.