Extension of Gateway Boulevard
Lake Erie Land Company (LELC)
LFA was selected by LELC to provide engineering services for the extension of a major collector roadway, enabling public access to the major industrial facility for Urschel Laboratories, Inc. This project involved providing design and schedule coordination, topographical survey, road and major hydraulic design, environmental mitigation, sanitary sewer design, utility coordination, bidding, and construction inspection. Coordination, a major component of the project, involved LaPorte County, Town of Chesterton, INDOT, Coffey Creek Watershed Conservancy, IDEM, IDNR, USACOE, site Engineering firms and surveyors and ultimately the Construction Contractor – Walsh and Kelly, Inc. The project was schedule driven to meet the planned plant opening, while satisfying local and regional planning requirements and regulations. Construction was completed in time to allow the successful opening of Urschel Laboratories, while maintaining access to the Coffee Creek Development Area. Three interconnected detention / retention ponds were constructed to allow conformance with regulated runoff and they were successfully used to provide ecological mitigation areas for the total impact area. A four-lane local roadway extension of Gateway Boulevard was constructed from the existing east end of Gateway Boulevard approximately 760 ft. to the west end of a proposed bridge over Johnson Ditch. Approximately 1,300 ft. of existing Gateway Boulevard was reconstructed from S.R. 49 to the beginning of the extension.
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