MERRILLVILLE | The Independence Hill Conservancy District continues to acquire right of way needed for a project to increase its sewer capacity.
Jim Beshears, chairman of Independence Hill's board, said he thinks the right of way acquisition should take "a couple of months" to finish.
"It's the last thing we have to do before we go out for bid," Beshears said.
The sewer project involves installing a new 24-inch sewer line along Taft Street to nearly double the capacity of the district, Beshears said.
Independence Hill, which provides sanitary sewer service in the southwest corner of Merrillville, recently conducted a public hearing about the project.
Beshears said the public hearing didn't attract many residents, but those who attended had questions about a flow metering station that will be installed.
Beshears said the district doesn't want the station to create aesthetic issues for nearby property owners, so there will be landscaping around the facility.
"They're OK with it," Beshears said of the residents.
He hopes groundbreaking for the sewer project will occur in the spring.
The additional capacity created through the work will open up development opportunities in Independence Hill's service area, Beshears said.
The project also is expected to reduce backups in the Independence Hill service area.