GRIFFITH, Ind. - Oct. 19, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1), and officials from Griffith, Indiana held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for Griffith’s sewer improvement project.
“Thank you to the town of Griffith and Congressman Visclosky for inviting us out here today to mark the beginning of the drainage improvement project here in Griffith,” District Engineer Col. Frederic Drummond Jr. said. “This project will help alleviate the storm water backup and overflow in about 40 homes.”
The purpose of this project, at the southern part of Griffith along Elm Street and Cline Avenue, is to allow for the separation of the sanitary and storm sewage systems and alleviate the occasional storm water backup and overflow problems that affect the wastewater treatment plant. Work also includes roadway reconstruction and the addition of curbs and gutters through the sewer improvement project area.
"This project will provide additional storm sewer capacity on Elm Street and Cline Avenue that will reduce flooding in these areas and provide for the continued disconnection of sump pumps from the Town’s sanitary sewer system,” Griffith Town Council President Glen Gaby said.
“I applaud Griffith Town Council President Glen Gaby and the entire Griffith Town Council as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their persistent efforts to set this project in motion,” Rep. Peter Visclosky said.
“With more jobs created, more stormwater efficiently managed, and more cooperation between our region’s leaders encouraged, all of us will make Griffith an even better place to work, live, and raise a family. I will continue my efforts to invest in infrastructure projects that create jobs and improve our quality of life.”
A contract was awarded to Gough, Incorporated on June 29, 2012, for $842,338. The contractor plans to start work on the main roads this winter. Construction duration is 130 days. Project completion is spring of 2013.