Cleanup of Coke and Carbon site complete

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – In one month, the largest open space in the City of Terre Haute could be ready for marketing to prospective industry.

We’ve been talking a lot about the site of the former coke and carbon plant at 13th and Hulman.  After a year-long clean-up project, the property had its final inspection.

The former Coke and Carbon plant site is clean and ready to be marketed to business and industry.  In all, crews removed more than 135,000 tons of contaminated dirt and replaced it with 150,000 tons of clean soil.

“Anytime you have that it’s going to be a lot of unknowns, which is what we ran into.  We had to go a little deeper,” said Brad Utz of the city engineer’s office.  “We found some things that we didn’t know were there.”

That increased the cost of the project and prolonged it a bit.  Still, the project came in at the estimated cost of $7 million.  Besides the city, the engineering firm who designed the project, the contractor who did the work, and Indiana Brownfield came to the final inspection to make sure the project was completed according to the specifications of the contract.  They found only a few minor issues.

“Just a little cleanup stuff here and there, and maybe a little dirt work to get water to drain better,” said Utz.  “But all in all, a really complete job.”

The city says the remaining work could be completed on Wednesday, weather permitting.  After that, Indiana Brownfield is expected to give its okay on the project.  Then all parties will contribute to a final report, which will go before the Sanitary Board.

If the board approves the project, the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation is ready to market the site, with the hope that this vast empty space will create new jobs for a city that desperately needs them.

The Sanitary Board could approve this project two weeks from Tuesday.

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