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Pre-construction work starting on Valpo’s next roundabout

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Updated: February 11, 2013 6:39AM



VALPARAISO — Drivers may get slowed down around the intersection of Vale Park Road, Calumet Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

Although construction of a roundabout at the so-called “five points intersection” won’t begin until about April, the city will check for utility line depth before possible relocation of the Frontier Communications copper and fiber optic lines.

The city will drill five “potholes” in the south lanes of Calumet and one on Vale Park, City Engineer Tim Burkman said. The holes will be about 12 inches in diameter and may cause lane closures for the truck that does the drilling.

Traffic won’t be stopped or detoured, though.

The city will drill the Calumet holes by the center of the pavement near the lane divider, but the Vale Park hole will be off the pavement edge.

Actual utility relocation for Frontier and Northern Indiana Public Service Co. will begin as weather permits but before construction of the roundabout, Burkman said.

Utilities were called in before Christmas to locate their service lines, and they finished relocation work last week.

Frontier general manager Todd Pence stated by email that accommodating the roundabout will require his company to relocate the entire conduit system including five manholes.

“This project requires replacing all cable from our Vale Park remote to the east of the intersection and then completely through the entire construction limits of the project,” he wrote.

It will cost the company between $285,000 and $300,000 and involves “3,355 copper lines and 96 customers on fiber optic services ranging from cell towers to businesses located in the area,” he stated.

Frontier plans to retain customer service during relocation.

Burkman said that depending on how deep Frontier’s lines are, there may not be a need to move them in some locations, and the city would work with the company when its lines are.

“We’re just trying to minimize relocation effort,” he said.

NIPSCO is working on its relocation plan to submit to the city, he said.



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