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John J. Watkins, The Times

MERRILLVILLE — The town's Stormwater Utility is looking to alleviate drainage issues occurring on Cleveland Avenue and in the Bon Aire Lake subdivision.

To that end, the Stormwater Management Board has approved a contract that will have Butler, Fairman and Seufert design a project to help correct stormwater problems in those areas. The maximum cost of the engineering work is $51,100.

An existing 24-inch culvert that runs across Cleveland Avenue near 54th Avenue isn't adequately sized, and that has caused stormwater overtopping on Cleveland during rain events, said Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility.

A new reinforced concrete box culvert is planned to be installed to prevent that from happening.

Another culvert connected to the pond in the Bon Aire Lake subdivision is about eight inches above the normal pool of the water in the pond. The project will replace that culvert and bring it to its original elevation to increase stormwater detention there.

Lake said the project was identified in the utility's master plan. The Stormwater Utility could seek bids for the project in coming months.

Bud Crist, president of the Stormwater Management Board, said the culvert work is one of several projects the utility is planning that could begin in the spring.

Crist said engineering work also is underway for a project to create a storage basin on 57th Avenue near Grant Street.

Crist said there are drainage issues in that area. During the immense flooding in September 2008, many homes there were affected, he said.

With a new storage basin in place, it would bring relief to that area, Crist said.

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