MERRILLVILLE | Work to increase sewer capacity in the Independence Hill Conservancy District is projected to start in the spring.
The project, which is expected to cost more than $1 million, includes the installation of a larger sanitary sewer line along Taft Street in Merrillville, said Jim Beshears, chairman of Independence Hill's board of directors.
Beshears said Independence Hill must wait until asphalt plants open again before it can begin the installation work because the project will involve road cuts.
He said the project will double the capacity in Independence Hill's service area, which includes most of the southwest portion of Merrillville.
The work will be "huge for development" in Independence Hill's coverage area, Beshears said.
Without adequate capacity, new development can't proceed in that area.
Beshears said he can't envision a situation in which Independence Hill would need to increase its sewer capacity again.
The Merrillville Conservancy District also is planning work in its sanitary sewer system to accommodate the additional flow from Independence Hill, Beshears said.
Sewage from Independence Hill travels through Merrillville Conservancy's lines before reaching the Gary Sanitary District for treatment.
The Merrillville Conservancy District didn't return calls seeking comment about the work it has planned.
The installation of the new sewer line along Taft Street comes after other recent projects in the Independence Hill service area, Beshears said.
Damaged sewers were relined during that work, which has resulted in a "big reduction" in the amount of water that has infiltrated its sanitary sewer system, he said.