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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Officials mark end of Calumet Region Independence Hill Conservancy District Lateral Pipelining Project

Chicago District
Published March 28, 2024
Ribbon Cutting

LTC Joesph M. Baumann makes remarks at IHCD Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

Cutting the Ribbon for the IHCD Pipelining Project

Ribbon Cutting

Rep. Frank Mrvan of IN-01 speaks at the IHCD Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

Project Manager Imad Samara makes opening remarks during the IHCD Project Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

IHCD Chariman David Uzelac makes remarks at IHCD Ribbon Cutting with Project Manager Imad Samara

Ribbon Cutting

Crowd in attendance at IHCD Ribbon Cutting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District (USACE Chicago) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 26th, 2024, for the Calumet Region Independence Hill Conservancy District (IHCD) lateral pipelining project in Merrillville, IN.

This project is part of the Calumet Region Environmental Infrastructure Section 219 projects and was allocated $1,166,000 of federal funds while the IHCD provided the 25% cash match of $391,666. Section 219, as amended, allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide planning, design, and construction assistance for carrying out water-related environmental infrastructure projects in select areas.

The purpose of the project was to improve aging sanitary sewer infrastructure in the Young America and South-Brook subdivisions. This project included the rehabilitation of 200 lateral connections which involved creating a new pipe by lining the original pipe and connection with a resin flexible tube.

The contract was awarded to LGS Plumbing, Inc. of Crown Point, Indiana, in January 2023. Field construction work was completed in January 2024.

“The residents of The Independence Hill Conservancy District along with its Board of Directors appreciate Congressman Frank Mrvan. His efforts in obtaining the funding were vital for addressing IHCD’s infrastructure issues. Improvements like these are crucial for the well-being and benefit of our community", said David Uzelac, Chairman of the IHCD Board of Directors.

Congressman Frank J. Mrvan stated, “Thank you to all of the leaders with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Independence Hill Conservancy District for completing this tangible action that will improve water quality for residents and businesses in Merrillville. Let us continue to build on this investment in our infrastructure to enhance the quality of life and create more  economic opportunities for individuals and families throughout our region.”

"We have demonstrated along with our partners our combined commitment to addressing critical infrastructure needs in our communities", said Lt. Col. Joseph Baumann, USACE Chicago District Deputy Commander. " It's great to see what we have accomplished together so far, and I look forward to more of these celebrations in the future."

Chick Lock

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