Sewer upgrade project begins in Gary


Aging clay sewers, nearly as old as the city of Gary, will receive repairs and new linings in a $2.3 million project in the city’s Ambridge neighborhood.

Officials, including U.S. Peter J. Visclosky and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, took part in a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the parking lot of the South Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center, 353 Tyler St.

Officials said the project will rehabilitate more than 16,000 feet of century-old sewers to reduce basement backups and overflows.

The federal government provided $1.75 million in funding, while the Gary Sanitary District added $575,000.

Grimmer Construction, of Highland, received a $2 million contract for the work. The project is expected to reduce the amount of ground water infiltration into the sewers.

Visclosky said the project will increase the life and flow of the sewers in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

Freeman-Wilson said the work was part of a citywide improvement plan. “The end product will lead to a better Gary,” she said.

Col. Aaron Reisinger, U.S. Army Corps commander, added the project will make a huge difference for the community. He said 41 environmental infrastructure projects have been developed in Northwest Indiana with nearly $42 million in federal funding.