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Posted 9/24/2012

Release no. 092412-001

Vanessa Villarreal

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1), and officials from Lake County, Ind., held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the end of construction for the Crown Point storm water improvement project.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is pleased to be a part of a team working to improve drainage that will reduce the occurrence of flooding during rain events," District Engineer Col. Frederic Drummond Jr. said. "The waterline replacement and upgrades will insure that Crown Point residents have a reliable water supply."

This project will improve the efficiency and capability of the storm sewer management system within the City of Crown Point in Lake County, Ind. The project included installing of new storm sewers, drainage structures, water mains, and sanitary sewer adjustments along West Street from Robinson Ct. to Anderson St.

"The City of Crown Point is excited about the completion of the West Street project,” Crown Point Mayor David Uran said. “This complete street project has provided infrastructure improvements to our storm, sanitary, and water utilities as well as repairing the quality of the road for safer traveling for of motorized and non-motorized vehicles. This project will improve the quality of life for the residents along West Street and for all who use this street every day. We are very appreciative to Congressman Peter Visclosky for his help in securing the grant to make this project happen and the Army Corps of Engineers for the quality of construction.”

“I congratulate Mayor David Uran and the City of Crown Point as well as the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the completion of this project,” Rep. Peter Visclosky said. “The installation of new storm and sanitary infrastructure will not only enhance our flood prevention capabilities, but will keep waste from overflowing during heavy rain events. Improvements like these create good-paying jobs for Northwest Indiana workers and leave us all with a better quality of life. I remain committed to working with the City of Crown Point and the Army Corps of Engineers to advance infrastructure projects that make a difference in our communities.”

On Sept. 29, 2011, a construction contract was awarded to Rausch Construction Company, Inc for $1,712,918. Construction activities began early spring 2012 and ended July 2012. The local sponsor is the City of Crown Point.