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Old water main will need replacing as part of Valpo roundabout project

Updated: January 3, 2013 6:26AM



VALPARAISO — Before the city begins construction on the planned roundabout at “five-points” intersection in 2013, there’s an 80-year-old water main that needs replacing.

That will cost an estimated $445,000

The 16-inch cast iron line goes south on Calumet Avenue from the Flint Lake area wells and was, until 1993, the main water feed for the city.

The Valparaiso City Utilities Department will make use of the federal grants for the traffic circle that the Indiana Department of Transportation is administrating, which total about $2 million, Utilities Director Steve Poulos said.

The utility department will pay for about 20 percent of the engineering costs and total cost, which isn’t known yet, but the department wanted to improve the pipes while the roads are replaced rather than wait for an emergency and tear up the new streets.

Engineering for the water line work by American Structurepoint Inc. will cost about $27,000.

Although the main hasn’t given the city problems, Valparaiso City Utilities wants to put in less-brittle ductile iron pipes and replace water lines around Calumet’s intersection with Vale Park and Roosevelt roads.

Besides replacing 900 feet of the original water main, the Utilities Department will replace 500 feet of 60-year-old pipe on Vale Park and 350 feet of pipe along Roosevelt.

The Vale Park pipe going west from Calumet is 14 inches but will be replaced with 16 inches, which is more common and easier to get parts for.

Going east on Vale Park, the 12-inch pipe will be moved for easier accessibility.

Dead-ended lines along Roosevelt will be looped for better water quality.

The sewers that run under the planned roundabout had cameras run through them and won’t need updating.



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