LAKE STATION | Freshly fallen snow marked the March 25 start of Lake Station's new water improvement project.
Some six weeks later, work is making headway thanks to improved spring weather, Mayor Keith Soderquist said.
"The weather has been on our side," he said.
Soderquist said work has progressed on what had been an empty lot in the 2800 block of Union Street where the city's future water treatment plant is being built.
"Right now they are building the filtering house itself and all the infrastructure and everything that goes inside," Soderquist said.
Once the treatment plan is complete, work to improve water mains can begin.
"We're replacing the lines that are obsolete, some of which are 50 to 60 years old," he said.
Thieneman Construction Inc. is handling the first phase of construction. It was awarded a $7.7 million contract last year. The first phase of improvements will include new water supply wells, a new groundwater treatment plant and water main improvements, Soderquist said.
The first phase is expected to be completed in about 12 to 14 months, Soderquist said.
Most of the work in the first phase is being done, Cara Boyles said.
Boyles is project manager for American Structurepoint, the Indianapolis/South Bend company hired in 2008 by city officials to study and make recommendations on Lake Station's water system.