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March 12, 2014

Gas Creek project receives engineering award

GREENSBURG – A local project to reduce flooding received a statewide engineering award that recognizes originality, complexity and economic value.

The city of Greensburg had hired GRW Engineers for a $2 million Gas Creek Watershed improvement program to lower the chance of flooding.

The project was one of seven that received an Honor Award last week from the Indiana chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. Honor awards rank just below the sole grand prize winner but above merit award winners and finalists.

The ACEC wrote in a booklet that the Greensburg project involved two retention basins and the building of a culvert through a 100-year-old railroad embankment using “hand-mined excavation,” meaning shovels rather than machines.

The engineers had to install the culvert without disrupting rail traffic to Honda.

GRW said on its website that it used “three-dimensional topographic mapping technology for the floodplain analysis.”

The project was paid through a $2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after two severe storms, one of which raised the water nearly to the watershed’s 500-year flood level. ACEC said the project lowered the 100-year flood elevation by more than three feet.

Mayor Gary Herbert said he was pleased that the city and engineering firm were recognized. The project was important, he said, because it reduced the chance of flooding, especially for residents near Main Street.

City Engineer Gary Murray said that while it is nice to receive an award, the city still has work to do to continue to lower the impact of flooding. Nonetheless, he said the project lowered the chance of flooding and therefore also reduce the flood insurance premiums for residents in the area.

ACEC’s Honor Awards take into consideration a project’s “uniqueness and originality, technical complexity, social and economic value and public awareness.”

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401; boris.ladwig@greensburgdailynews.com

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