Officials mark construction start for Crown Point storm water improvement project



On Oct. 19, Rep. Peter Visclosky (IN-1), officials from Lake County, Ind., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Crown Point storm water improvement project.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is pleased to be a part of a team working to improve drainage that will reduce the occurrence of flooding during rain events," Deputy District Engineer Lt. Col. David Berczek said. "The waterline replacement and upgrades will insure that Crown Point residents have a reliable water supply."

This project will improve the efficiency and capability of the storm sewer management system within the City of Crown Point in Lake County, Ind. The project will include installing new water lines, storm sewer, and catch basins along West Street between Joliet (US 251) and North streets.

"I would like to thank Congressman Visclosky for his efforts in obtaining the 219 funding that is a substantial portion of this project,” Crown Point Mayor David Uran said. “He continuously advocates for our community. I am very happy to see this project commence, as this roadway and infrastructure are in need of substantial repair. I would also like to thank the residents along West Street for their patience and understanding as we prepare for this major project to begin."

Congressman Pete Visclosky said, “I commend Mayor Uran, the City of Crown Point, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their efforts to improve local infrastructure. Not only will this project meet the needs of the city by improving water quality through sewer and storm drain enhancements, but it will also help to meet the needs of our region through job creation.”

On Sept. 29, 2011, a construction contract was awarded to Rausch Construction Company, Inc for $1,712,918. Construction activities will begin early spring 2012. The local sponsor is the City of Crown Point.