Oct. 10, 2017 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, and the city of Hammomd held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the levee tieback project in Hammond, Ind.
“The Commission, as local sponsor, has and will continue to take great pride in solving problems inherited since the flood of 2008. The completion of this work marks the last USACE construction project along the flood control system. The State Line Tieback will provide yet another level of protection for a significant number of residents in this area of the watershed.” said William Baker, Chairman, Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission.
The project, along portions of 172nd Street and Stateline Road, increased the existing 1,950 foot concrete tieback levee and tied it into an existing earthen levee constructed to a 200-year flood elevation. The work also included building an access ramp to the top of the existing levee, permanently closing some of the gaps, and modifying the two remaining openings to have stop log closures.
“The Hammond Levee Tieback project is the last structural feature of the Little Calumet River project. The Hammond Forest Ave Levee reduces the frequency of flooding for approximately 200 structures (valued at $50 million) and 400 residents within the leveed area.,” said Col. Aaron Reisinger, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District.
The project was authorized under Section 401(a), Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (Public Law 99–662; 100 Stat. 4115); Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 signed January 17, 2014. Projects under this authority are cost shared 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal. The nonfederal sponsor is the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission.
The construction contract was awarded to DSI & Associates on September 30, 2016 for $582,384.70. Field construction work started March 27, 2017.
"I thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all the members of the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, and Mayor McDermott, the City Council, and everyone involved at the City of Hammond for completing this tieback project and for their dedicated work to see this entire flood control and recreation project through to fruition. Their good work has not only prevented the dangers of flooding, but it has improved the homes and living conditions of countless individuals, preserved our environment, created new recreational opportunities, and enhanced our quality of place for all residents and visitors to our region.", Rep. Pete Visclosky said.