The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District recently signed a $200,000 project-partnership agreement with the city of McKeesport to complete storm sewer-system repairs at several locations around the city.

“A partnership agreement signing is always an exciting time because it generally means the start to something important,” said Lt. Col. Albert Butler, deputy commander, Pittsburgh District to DVIDs.

“For the district, it signals the opportunity for us to support a project that can significantly improve the quality of life in a community. For the McKeesport community, it means the beginning to the end of the sewer system issue for more than 19,000 residents.”

Officials say that the project will help prevent the risk of future erosion as well as protecting both public and private property.

According to DVIIDS, the government shares the cost of the project with the sponsor at a rate of 75 to 25 percent..

“I was pleased to support the grant funding for this important project, which has long been sought after by local and county officials,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, 18th Congressional District representative.

The project is estimated to be completed by 2022.

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