North Hammond Public Survey Could Decide Fate of Boy Scout Road

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has announced a public survey for residents in North Hammond as to their feelings about a permanent closure of 136th street, which has been a popular shortcut into and out of the state of Illinois.

McDermott announced on Twitter the City of Hammond is preparing the survey to be sent to all North Hammond residents as to whether they favor or oppose a permanent closure of the road, known locally as Boy Scout Road. McDermott said the residents who live within the boundary, north of Gostlin Street, west of Calumet Avenue & south of Boy Scout Road will receive the survey.

The Times reports 136th street was abruptly closed by the Hammond Streets Department on May 24th. McDermott said in a recent radio interview the city had been considering whether or not keeping the road open was worth the costs of repairs and flood control.