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Valparaiso makes street repair plans for 2013

Updated: February 1, 2013 6:15AM



VALPARAISO — Though city plow crew readiness is a priority this time of year, city officials already are planning the 2013 construction season.

Public Works Director Matt Evans told the Board of Works last week he and city officials will decide the street work priorities for next year after they assess any weather-related damage from this winter.

Work tentatively scheduled includes Sherwood Drive (including three cul-de-sacs), Lancaster Road from Powder Horn Drive to Bloomingdale Avenue (including a cul-de-sac and a halfmoon), Washington Street from Monroe Street to Indiana Avenue and from Lincolnway to Chicago Street, and parts of Don Hovey Drive.

Other streets scheduled for work include Howard Street, Madison Street, Napoleon Street (from Evans Avenue to Harrison Boulevard), Industrial Drive, Montdale Drive, Wynnewood Drive, Chicago Street, Carrsbrooke Drive, McDonald’s Drive, McCord Road and the parking lot at Jefferson and Washington streets.

The successful bidder for next season’s paving contract was Walsh and Kelly with its low bid of $797,568.

Also at the meeting last week, the board accepted 5.66 miles of new streets in the city.

This increases the city’s total street distance to 153.30 miles, up from 146.92 at the end of 2011.

Streets brought in include 2.84 miles of Lincolnway turned over to city control from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Some streets came from Beauty Creek, Wildwind, North Hampstead and Hawthorne subdivisions.

Despite the city’s continued search for ways to bring down trash collection costs, it renewed its contract for use of the transfer station near Porter County Jail with Homewood Disposal Service Inc.

Evans said the cost will remain the same while the search continues.

The board also approved the purchase of a 2013 Medtech ambulance for $207,124.

The city saved $20,000 by purchasing a demo model.



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