EAST CHICAGO | Steps have been taken to prevent a repeat of the mishap that delayed the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal dredging project for approximately two weeks.
A boom from a contractor's crane came into contact with a NIPSCO power line on April 22, knocking out power to 594 NIPSCO customers and postponing further work until early May.
The project, in which 400,000 cubic yards of material has been removed since since the fall of 2012, is being overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Natalie Mills, project manager for the corps, told the East Chicago Waterway Management District board the contractor involved indicated a breakdown in communication caused the mishap.
Mills said the contractor has been in conversations with NIPSCO.
"They would like to put some visual markers on the overhead power lines for identification and they were in contact with INDOT (the Indiana Department of Transportation), which has approved the request to place the signage 'overhead wires' along the bridge pier," Mills said.