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Briefly in Porter County: Roosevelt to be closed for 3 months

Updated: May 8, 2013 9:25PM



VALPARAISO

Roosevelt to be closed for 3 months

The city is shutting down Roosevelt Road for more than three months on Monday as workers start construction of the Five Points Roundabout.

A press release from consulting engineers American Structurepoint states that Roosevelt will close between Vale Park Road and Glendale Boulevard for the first phase of project, estimated to last from May 13 to Aug. 26.

Calumet Avenue and Vale Park will remain open while the new section of Roosevelt is put in, connecting all three streets with the new roundabout instead of the existing intersection with five entries.

Bryant’s Pools will remain open on Roosevelt, while other businesses can be reached from Calumet and Vale Park.

Workers should finish the roundabout Oct. 4, and the city will post updates and detours at www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/index.aspx?NID=1243 .

Portage

Companies sued over worker death

The widow of a Portage man who died in an October 2011 ArcelorMittal steam explosion is suing the two construction companies that installed the system.

The suit, filled May 1, states that Kvaerner North American Construction Co. of Norway and Morrison Construction Co. of Hammondwere negligent in the design, installation, maintenance and other matters for the furnace hood that killed Gabriel Rocha, 53.

ArcelorMittal isn’t named in the suit.

Kenneth J. Allen, the attorney representing Rocha’s estate and widow Barbara Rocha, said the companies didn’t do proper engineering analysis on the pipes that bring steam up for treatment before it is released.

The pipes couldn’t handle the maximum load, and Rocha was severely scalded. He died three weeks later.

Rocha’s widow, Barbara Rocha, is named as the beneficiary for money for medical, funeral and other expenses from his death, as well as her personal loss.

Allen said Rocha’s hospital bills exceeded $1 million, and he plans to ask a jury for $25 million.

A Morrison spokesman declined to comment; Kvaerner’s website doesn’t list a North American contact.

Allen said nothing can replace Rocha as a husband and father, but “the goal is to prevent this from happening to another family.”



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