Schererville drainage project ‘days away’
By Rich Bird Post-Tribune correspondent July 20, 2012 5:00PM
Updated: July 20, 2012 9:29PM
CROWN POINT — Three months after a ceremonial groundbreaking, officials in the Lake County Surveyor’s Office once again say construction on a federal project to alleviate flooding in unincorporated Schererville is about ready to start.
Dan Gardner, water quality specialist for the county, said the contractor, Merrillville-based Gough Inc., is “days away” from beginning work.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract in the amount of $1,022,499.76 to Gough to perform the work. Lake County is putting up $283,750.
Since the April 30 groundbreaking ceremony at Rohrman Park, Gough has been working to comply with the federal government’s strict requirements for safety and environmental planning related to the project.
The county, working with the Army Corps and the town of Schererville, will perform ditch and diversion construction along Rohrman Road, affecting the Schererville Heights and Heather Hills subdivisions, southeast of the intersection of U.S. 30 and Cline Avenue.
Preliminary work, including the relocation of existing water lines in the area, was completed at an additional cost of $59,000.
In the meantime, two residents who live adjacent to the project area approached with complaints about clogged drainage ways. Using MS4 water quality funds to pay a surveyor’s crew, the county cleared an overgrown drainage way and a clogged culvert, including the removal of a tree, Gardner said.
“The residents are now pleased, and they are going to take a greater role in maintaining a clean waterway, so they’re going to help themselves a little bit,” he said.