Chesterton – LELC Gateway Boulevard

The Town of Chesterton Indiana

Cost: $2,340,000

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Category: Construction Inspection, Transportation

LFA was interviewed and selected to provide survey, road design, contract documents and construction services by Lake Erie Land Company, a subsidiary of NIPSCO-NISOURCE, for the extension of Gateway Boulevard in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana. The project provided a 750 ft. extension of Gateway Blvd. across low lying areas adjacent to Coffee Creek, connecting the I-80/90 toll road interchange at S.R. 49 with the planned bridge crossing of Coffee Creek to the east in Chesterton, Indiana.

LELC had developed a large tract of land located on the southern fringe of the Town of Chesterton for single family residence, Golf course and country club, interconnected street network, and outlots for commercial use in the 1990s and early 2000s. This Planned Unit Development (PUD) had been substantially completed and LELC had agreed to construct an extension of Gateway Boulevard to the relocated major manufacturing facility of Urshel Laboratories on the eastern bank of Coffee Creek. The roadway and its platted R/W, upon completion, could then be turned over to the Town of Chesterton.

The project also completed the pavement replacement of approximately 1,200 ft. of roadway in the existing development facilitating the transfer, control, and maintenance of the entire roadway to the Town of Chesterton. Under agreement, LFA provided the following services: Topographical Survey, Road Design, Hydrologic/Hydraulic Engineering, Detention/Retention Basin Design, Storm Sewer Drainage and Ditch Design, Sanitary Sewer Design, Geotechnical Engineering and Investigation, Environmental Documentation, INDOT/Chesterton/IDEM/IDNR/Porter County/USACOE Permitting, Bidding Services, and Construction Engineering Services.

A sanitary sewer was extended within the existing median of Gateway Boulevard, allowing access for development on the available LELC land located south of the new roadway extension. Due to the depth of the existing sanitary tie-in, jack and bore installation was designed and constructed within the confines of the median area.

Project Coordination and Advancement involved scheduling, coordination, and approvals of the following agencies: Town of Chesterton planning, design and SWPPP, Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy (CCWC), Urschel Laboratories planning, engineering and construction, Porter County Drainage Board, IDEM, IDNR, US Army Corps of Engineers, INDOT permitting and traffic engineering and A.N.R. gas pipeline engineering and permitting.

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