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Posted 6/1/2017

Release no. 17-005


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Vanessa Villarreal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), and Indiana officials held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of sewer improvement projects in Gary and Lake Station, Ind.

The Gary Sanitary District forcemain replacement project includes constructing a new 24-inch steel sanitary sewer forcemain that will alleviate the commonly-occurring breaks affecting a number of residential areas in the city. The nonfederal sponsor is the Gary Sanitary District. A contract was awarded to LGS Plumbing, Inc. of Crown Point, Ind., on Sept. 30, 2016 for $1,317,810. Field construction work started on April 15, 2017.

The Lake Station forcemain replacement project includes replacing a 2,900-foot section of an18-inch sanitary sewer forcemain. The nonfederal sponsor is the City of Lake Station. A contract was awarded to Integrated Environmental Solutions, Inc. of Gary, Ind., on Sept. 30, 2016, for $1,049,870. Field construction started on May 1, 2017.

Benefits of the projects include improved reliability of the sanitary system, improvements to the flow of the sanitary sewer system and increased conveyance of flow, and a reduction of the commonly recurring cases of system shutdowns caused by pipe breaks. Both projects will be completed in fall 2017.

“Projects of this nature are the result of partnerships among federal, regional and local agencies,” said Col. Christopher Drew, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. “We are looking forward to working with our partners, the Gary Sanitary District and City of Lake Station, to improve sanitary systems in the Calumet region.”

The projects are authorized under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act 1992 that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to provide planning, design and construction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure projects in select areas. Projects under this authority are cost shared at 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal.