Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry Jr. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a water main project in Hazel Crest, Illinois.
Work included replacing 1400 feet of a deteriorating six-inch diameter water main with an 8-inch water main along Maple Lane from Elm Drive to Linden Drive. This project is part of the Cook County Region Environmental Infrastructure 219 project, and has been allocated $1,000,000 of federal funding.
“Infrastructure improvement projects are the result of partnerships among federal, regional and local agencies,” said Col. Paul Culberson, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. “It is great to be able to complete projects like this that help improve the quality of life for the residents of the area.”
The project was authorized under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act 1992 which allows the Army Corps of Engineers to provide planning, design, and construction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure projects. Projects under this authority are cost shared 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal. The nonfederal sponsor is the Village of Hazel Crest.
"The Village of Hazel Crest was the local sponsor of this project, providing $325,000,” Hazel Crest Mayor Alsberry said. “And good things in local communities happen when we partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I also want to thank the citizens of Hazel Crest for supporting us as we move these projects forward in our community.”
A contract, for base contract and options, was awarded to Kovilic Construction Company Inc of Franklin Park, Illinois, on Sept. 30, 2019, for $1,044,174. Field construction work was completed in October 2020.
“These key infrastructure projects will ensure local residents have a clean, reliable water supply,” Rep. Kelly said. “By replacing an existing line and installing a new one, this project will ensure Hazel Crest’s water remains safe and that the local infrastructure meets today’s and tomorrow’s demands. Congratulations to the Village of Hazel Crest and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for completing this important project for the community.”