Conduit Installation for Metronet Project in Marshall County on Schedule


The Metronet project in Marshall County is on schedule.

Marshall County Auditor Penny Lukenbill told WKVI News that Bart Trester of USI reported to the commissioners on Tuesday morning that the county’s portion of the project is 85 to 90 percent complete. The hang-up right now surrounds the construction along Kern Road and Ireland in South Bend with the new U.S. 31 project. The company continues to work with INDOT in moving along that portion of the Metronet project.

Mary Jan Hedman from St. Joe Valley Metronet was before the commissioners to request a change order for conduit from the wastewater treatment plant to Overmyer Drive to State Road 17. According to Lukenbill, Hedman explained that the installation of the conduit will provide an alternate access of service in case the primary line is cut or a disruption occurs. The change order for $47,000 was approved.

The city’s portion of the project is about 75 to 80 percent complete.

Once all of the conduit is installed, dark fiber will be installed and companies will be able to light the fiber for better connectivity to conduct business.