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Crown Point’s East Street to finally get repairs

Updated: March 29, 2013 4:00PM



CROWN POINT — East Street will get an approximately $350,000 makeover thanks to funding from the Redevelopment Commission.

Mayor David Uran and Tris Miles, city engineer appeared Monday seeking funding from the downtown tax increment financing district to resurface, curb and repair East Street from North Street to Wells Street. RDC members unanimously approved the request.

“East Street has been at or near the top of the local road paving list near eight to 10 years,” Miles said. However the magnitude of work necessary on the road and the more than quarter million dollar price tag keep bumping the project.

The local budget for road repairs through the entire city is approximately $500,000, Miles said. There are 14 to 15 streets on the repair list this year that the city will be able to tackle with its road budget if the RDC pays for East Street.

Uran said the project is a good one for the TIF district since the roadway services downtown.

“This will create good commutability. It will get people into downtown,” Uran said.

The RDC made similar TIF contributions of about $300,000 for the Summit Street road improvement project, the mayor said.

By adding the project to the existing road improvement list the city will be able to get better prices from Walsh & Kelly, the company that won the contract for the work. Miles said the company is eager to move forward with the city’s repaving work as soon as the asphalt plants open.

He expects all the work to be complete early n the summer.



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