MERRILLVILLE | The town's Stormwater Utility is nearly ready to begin moving into its new resource center.
Construction started in July for the facility at 7404 Broadway.
Merrillville stormwater officials expect to start transitioning from their temporary office at 9111 Broadway to the new building within the next two weeks, said Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility.
The utility eventually will have a ribbon cutting ceremony after it's settled in at the resource center, Lake said.
The town bought the property at 7404 Broadway in November 2011. Lake said he is pleased construction of the $850,000 facility is nearly finished.
"It's taken a while to get to this point," he said.
Merrillville is the first community in the state to have a building completely designated for stormwater operations, Lake said.
"This is something that's unique," he said, "I hope it sets a standard for other areas."
Work for the Taft Street drainage project, another major stormwater project in Merrillville, has wrapped up for this year, but there is some work left to complete in the spring.
Lake said that work involves installing a box culvert across Taft Street.
The Stormwater Utility is completing the project to significantly reduce flooding on Taft Street and areas surrounding the street.
Some of the Taft Street drainage work completed this year included cleaning a ditch between Taft Place and Taft Street. Taft Place also was repaved.
Lake said the pavement slopes so water flows off the road quicker and into the nearby ditch.
"Water damages roadways when it sits on there," Lake said.
Future major drainage projects likely will come from the Stormwater Utility's master plan, which will be finished in the spring, Lake said.
The process of establishing the master plan has included completing drainage studies. Through those studies, the town will identify and prioritize areas needing drainage enhancements.
"We're moving right along," Lake said.