The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Country Club Hills Mayor James Ford held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of a water main replacement project in Country Club Hills, Ill.
The project will include replacing 760 linear feet of eight-inch water main on Hawthorne Drive, 2140 linear feet of eight-inch water main on Cambridge Drive/179th Street, and 10 fire hydrants; plus restoring parkway and pavement.
The new water mains and valves are made of materials resistant to corrosive soils. This is expected to decrease the frequent water main breaks resulting from naturally-occurring corrosive chemicals in the surrounding soils. The existing water mains will be abandoned in place and the new water mains will be located beneath streets within the public right-of-way and away from utilities commonly located beneath sidewalks on parkways.
The nonfederal sponsor is the City of Country Club Hills. A base contract was awarded to M&J Underground, Inc. of Monee, Ill., in February 2018, for $728,132.77. Field construction work started in June 2018 and is anticipated to be completed in October 2018.
This project is part of the Environmental Infrastructure Section 219 that authorizes the Corps to assist local governments in planning, designing, and constructing water-related projects. This project is cost-shared at 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal.
"With the funding assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers we are able to install new water main which is a necessary step to ensure the efficient water delivery and service to our residences," Mayor James Ford said. "A community cannot prosper without clean, safe drinking water. This project is an important component of our capital improvement plan."
"Projects of this nature are the result of partnerships among federal, regional and local agencies," said Col. Aaron Reisinger, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. "This continues the Corps’ commitment to the region to help preserve our water resources."
"Affording to maintain and modernize infrastructure is a challenge faced by local officials on a daily basis," Rep. Robin Kelly said. "My office was able to bring federal dollars and the expertise of the Army Corps of Engineers to this project. In partnership with local leaders and funds, we will replace crumbling water mains with newer, safer ones. This project will ensure clean drinking water for the families of Country Club Hills."