Second phase of Market Street project in Warsaw could begin in 2018

Phase two of the East Market Street rehabilitation project could start next summer if all of the tentative plans come together, according to Warsaw City Planner Jeremy Skinner.

Skinner gave the city Board of Works and Public Safety an update Friday afternoon on the project, which is expected to be very much like the first phase that included new curb, pavement, sidewalk and bump outs for parallel parking.

The street will be widened about four feet to accommodate parking.

Tentatively, the project is expected to cost about $1.7 million and will take about a year to complete, Skinner said.

The city has submitted preliminary drawings from the engineer to the Indiana Department of Transportation for review. Assuming no major problems are discovered, final drawings will be prepared and the city could seek bids for the project next spring, Skinner said.

The project will stretch from Bronson Street to Hickory Street and encompasses about eight blocks east of South Detroit Street, Skinner said.

The first phase was completed several years ago and is further to the east.

In other matters, the board approved the recommendations on bids for three contracts involving the rehabilitation of old sewer pipes throughout much of the city.

Selge Construction, of Niles, Mich., was awarded the contract for sewer replacement. The winning bid was $1,004,807.

Layne InLiner LLC, of Orleans, won the two other contracts. Those include $3,313,874 for relining sewer pipes with a smaller diameter and $2,391,343 for relining larger diameter pipes.

The lowest bid for the large diameter pipe project was set aside because a key form was left out of the bid proposal. That bid by Michels Corporation, of Brownsville, Wis., was for $2,091,618.

The contracts were approved by Mayor Joe Thallemer and board of works member George Clemens. Jeff Grose, another board member, did not attend Friday’s meeting.

The three contracts make up the first phase of sewer improvements.

City Council is expected to meet Monday to consider approval of a revised sewer rate hike that will pay for the improvements.