Friday, June 12th, 2009
By William Kincaid
Debris from Mersman factory goes into lake for breakwater
  CDA Construction Group Inc., Celina, is creating a breakwater structure to protect Celina's West Bank Rotary Walkway from wave and ice damage.
It is being installed near Breaker's Restaurant, the former Carter Villa Restaurant, by CDA Construction Group Inc. The company was awarded the contract for $138,999, Celina Planning and Community Development Director Kent Bryan said.
CDA employees are using concrete and bricks from the demolished Mersman Furniture Co. to create the structure.
While the concrete slabs of various sizes provide much of the foundation, a layer of bricks is being placed on top through a method called "choking over" to fill in the gaps in lieu of limestone, Bryan said.
The same amount of limestone would have cost the city $3.5 million, Bryan said.
"It's a cost savings plan," Bryan said.
The newspaper received multiple concerns this weeks from residents questioning the legality of using bricks.
Bryan said the city is allowed to use the brick, but not asphalt or concrete with protruding reinforcement bars. Several calls placed this week to the ODNR to verify the use of bricks were not returned.
When finished, the breakwater will be 1,000 feet long, Bryan said.
"At the pace they're going, they may be done in two or three weeks," Bryan said.
Another breakwater structure will be built close to the Sugar Street intersection over the next few years.
Concrete pieces from the Johnson Street reconstruction and state Route 29 projects, as well as the expected Main Street Reconstruction projects, will be used to build the second structure, Bryan said.
Contractors will transport the concrete to the structure, which Bryan said is a win-win situation for them as well as the city.
"That way we're not paying for all of that material," Bryan said.
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