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Army Corps held ribbon cutting ceremony for Ranburn Woods project

Published Aug. 17, 2012

On Aug. 17, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1), held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the end of construction at Ranburn Woods in Lake County, Ind.

The purpose of this $1.3 million project is to reduce the amount of flooding in the area by creating roadside gutters, curbing, and a new storm sewer system. Over one mile of storm sewer was installed along with 3,000+ feet of roadway.

Before construction of these new features, the residents of Ranburn Woods experienced localized flooding that resulted in property damage. With the project in place, water will divert from approximately 70 homes to a new sewer system and an open-area outlet before arriving to the Cady Marsh Ditch. The open area will act as a filter for the sediments before getting to the ditch.

"I just want to thank the congressman for consideration in accessing the federal funds used on this project," Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen Jr. said. "I’m honored to have been able to assist the residents of Ranburn Woods and Cleveland Heights in alleviating this problem that had been going on for some time and would like them to know that my office is always open to hear any of their concerns."

"Ranburn Woods has experienced storm water issues over a long time for numerous reasons and it is one of those unfortunate areas in government that is in jurisdictional limbo," Lake County Surveyor George Van Til said. "However, because of the intense interest of numerous officials, and their extensive cooperative efforts, we were ready and willing to move quickly together when Congressman Visclosky was able to access federal funding for this type of project. This is intergovernmental cooperation at its best and brightest. I’m pleased and proud to have helped coordinate it."

The contract for the project was awarded to Grimmer Construction on Sept. 17, 2010, for $1.3 million. The design work was completed by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. The project was completed in June 2012.

"I am pleased that local and federal government officials collaborated to make significant investments in storm water infrastructure that will help alleviate flooding in Ranburn Woods," Rep. Visclosky said. "The end result, reducing the frequency of flooding and drainage complications during rain events, will improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents for years to come."

"Thank you to Lake County and Congressman Visclosky for inviting us out here today to mark the end of the drainage improvement project here in Ranburn Woods," Deputy District Engineer Lt. Col. James Schreiner said. "Partnerships are key to successfully completing projects like this."

Vanessa Villarreal

Release no. 081712-01