Gary, Ind. --
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and the Gary Sanitary District held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of a sewer improvement project in Gary.
The completed project will include rehabilitating over 16,600 feet of sewers in the Ambridge area of Gary, Indiana. The pipes are in dire need of repair and lining the sewer lines will significantly reduce basement backups and overflows. This project is part of the Calumet Region’s Environmental Infrastructure and has been allocated $1,750,000 in federal funding.
The project is authorized under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992, as amended.
The project is cost shared at 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal. The nonfederal sponsor, Gary Sanitary District, provided the 25 percent cash match of $575,000.
“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. “The Calumet Region Environmental Infrastructure authority allows the Corps to assist local governments in planning, designing, and constructing water-related projects. Under this authority, the Chicago District has received over $41.8 million in federal funds through fiscal year 2019. Forty-one environmental infrastructure projects have been developed in northwest Indiana in partnership with counties and local communities, including 33 completed projects, four under construction, and four in design phase.”
A contract was awarded to the Grimmer Construction, Inc. of Highland, Indiana, in September 2018, for $2,034,662. Field construction started March 1, 2019.
"This sewer rehabilitation project in the Ambridge area of our city is another great collaboration that is a significant investment for this citizens of Gary,” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “The health of our water system will greatly improve as the amount groundwater infiltration into our century-old sewers will be reduced. We are grateful to Rep. Peter Visclosky and the Army Corps of Engineers, and to the Gary Sanitary District team and GSD Board members."