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Posted 11/7/2016

Release no. 11-7-16


Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), and Lake County officials held a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of a sewer improvement project in Gary, Ind.

The scheduled project will improve the efficiency and capability of the sanitary sewage system within the City of Gary. These improvements will help alleviate sewer backup affecting a number of residential areas within the city.

“Partnerships are the key to undertaking successful projects like this,” Col. Christopher Drew, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, said. “We look forward to working with our partners and the local community on this important project to improve the quality of life for the residents of Gary.”

The project, authorized under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992, allows the Corps to provide planning, design, and construction assistance for carrying out water related environmental infrastructure projects in select areas. The project is cost shared 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal. The nonfederal sponsor is the Gary Storm Water Management District.

“We are appreciative of Congressman Visclosky's and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' support of the flow modification project near the IUN campus,” Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “Not only will this make drainage better for the school's expansion but it will also serve Glen Park residents. For the city of Gary, it is an all-around ‘win.’"

“I commend Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and her administration officials within the Gary Sanitary District, and the Army Corps of Engineers, for their diligence to identify and successfully complete this project,” Rep. Peter Visclosky said. “This investment is but one small component of the many great actions and investments under the helm of Mayor Freeman-Wilson that are revitalizing the City of Gary and the Northwest Indiana region.”

A contract was awarded to Grimmer Construction, Inc. of Hammond, Ind., on Aug. 30, 2016, for $1,046,590. Field construction work is anticipated to begin by the end of 2016 or early spring 2017 (weather permitting).