Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Village of Richton Park officials marked the end of a storm sewer improvement project in Richton Park, Illinois.
“It’s great that we can get together today to celebrate the end of this project,” Felicia Kirksey, chief, Programs and Project Management Branch, said. “Infrastructure improvement projects are the result of partnerships among federal, regional, and local agencies. And we couldn’t have done this without our partners.”
The purpose of the project was to address flooding along Governors Highway and Sauk Trail, and improve hydraulic conditions along the East Branch of Butterfield Creek. The project included construction of an approximate 1.7-acre detention basin along the East Branch of Butterfield Creek in the Village of Richton Park. In addition, an outlet pipe was constructed that extended about 600 linear feet from the detention basin to the East Branch of Butterfield Creek.
“I am very grateful to Congresswoman Robin Kelly for her support in helping to shepherd this through the Army Corps of Engineers,” Richton Park Village President Rick Reinbold said. “It is a significant investment and it benefits not only Richton Park but many of the communities that are downstream, and it will assist in alleviating the flooding issues.”
This project is one part of the Cook County Environmental Infrastructure 219 project and has been allocated $800,000 of federal funding. Richton Park, local sponsor, provided the 25 percent cash match of $258,333. In September 2021, a contract was awarded to the Foundation Mechanics LLC. of Chicago, Illinois, for $669,400. Field construction started in August 2021 and ended in September 2021.
“I'm very excited to be here today as we celebrate this important project to improve our water and environmental infrastructure, and to alleviate some of the flooding experienced here in Richton Park," Rep. Kelly said. "Collaboration between local and federal government is so important in meeting the needs of our communities, and I look forward to more infrastructure projects to come as we continue working at the federal level to improve our nation's infrastructure."
The project is authorized under Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act 1992, as amended by Section 504 of WRDA 1996, Section 502 of WRDA 1999, and by Section 108 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001. Section 219, as amended, allows USACE to provide planning, design, and construction assistance for carrying out water-related environmental infrastructure projects in select areas. The project under this authority are cost shared 75 percent federal and 25 percent nonfederal sponsor.