The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rep. Frank J. Mrvan (IN-1), and Crown Point Mayor David Uran held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of a sewer infrastructure improvement project in Crown Point, Indiana, June 22, 2021.
The project includes rehabilitation of sanitary sewers ranked as high priority in an area with high inflow and infiltration. A total of 6,000 linear feet of cured-in-place pipe sewer lining will be installed, and 23 sanitary sewer manholes will be rehabilitated. The project also includes installing a back-flow prevention valve in a combined sewer and relocating a combined sewer overflow flow meter at the intersection of Main Street and South Street. Several sanitary sewer point repairs will also be completed to repair portions of sewer in poor condition prior to lining.
“The City of Crown Point is looking forward to another project in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers,” Crown Point Mayor David Uran said. “The City values its partnership with the Army Corps and looks forward to utilizing mainly non-invasive methods to restore area sewers. Our responsibility as a City is to maintain our infrastructure, promote a strong sense of security for our community, and continue working to make Crown Point a valued place to live.”
The project is authorized under Section 219(f)(12) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992, Public Law 102-580, as amended, Section 502 of WRDA 1999, and by Section 108 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001. Section 219, as amended, allows the Army Corps of Engineers 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% federal and 25% nonfederal sponsor. Crown Point, nonfederal sponsor, provided the 25% cash match of $325,000.
“The Corps is partnering with Crown Point to construct more than a mile of new sanitary-sewer lines to increase capacity of the system and prevent combined sewage overflow,” Lt. Col. Matthew Broderick, deputy district commander, USACE Chicago District, said. “Infrastructure improvement projects are the result of partnerships among federal, regional, and local agencies. We are proud of this project and the environmental benefits it will provide.”
“I remain grateful to Mayor Uran and everyone with the City of Crown Point and the Army Corps of Engineers for taking action again today to invest in Northwest Indiana's future,” Rep. Frank J. Mrvan said. “Crown Point's successful ability to secure federal resources positively impacts the lives and careers of individuals and families throughout our region and demonstrates the City's adamant focus to serve the public each and every day.”
In September 2020, a contract was awarded to Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland, Indiana, for $943,639. Field construction began in June 2021.