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CP officials get sneak peek at possible I-65 gateways

Updated: November 12, 2012 9:45PM



CROWN POINT — Officials had their first look Monday at what the city’s two Interstate 65 gateways could look like.

Taghi Arshami of the Arsh Group of Merrillville told the Redevelopment Commission designers went through the city taking pictures and making notes of the different architectural features unique to Crown Point.

“When we initially started we needed to consider the context of the community as major elements of the gateway design,” Arshami said.

The Arsh Group plan shows the full wish-list design for both the 109th Avenue and U.S. 231 interchanges if there are no budget constraints and officials select every high-option available.

Those plans call for full landscaping at the interchanges and in medians. It also includes a lighted granite monument sign featuring a 60-foot tower.

Future plans could call for roundabouts as development in the areas takes off.

Arshemi said he will use input from the city regarding the features they would like, the actual budget and how many phases the project should be.

Right now estimates are given in ranges depending on the final scope of work and quality of materials chosen.

The granite sign structure is estimated between $70,000 and $100,000 and the sign landscaping between $10,000 and $30,000.

The ramp island landscaping at 109th Avenue is estimated between $100,000 and $240,000 and at U.S. 231 between $50,00 and $120,000. The RDC will be paying for the work.

Tris Miles, city engineer, said there is no set time frame for the project to get started so officials can take some time to make recommendations.

“We thought it was important to get this started,” Miles said.



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