VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A Wabash Valley landmark is getting another multi-million dollar improvement.
It took an act of Congress but the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park is in the midst of its third major construction project in the last 5 years.
This time the work is centered on some of the mechanical systems that date back to when the Memorial was built.
Visitors to the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park may be getting used to seeing the place covered with construction fences.
The $2 million project at the park now comes close on the heels of $5 million of improvements to the Memorial and the flood wall.
"Things were put off here for so long that a lot of these, the wall, the terrace leaKing, the electrical systems got to the point of being health and safety concerns and that will make people react," said George Rogers Clark National Historic Park Chief Ranger Frank Doughman.
Much of the heating and electrical that is now in the Memorial was put there when the place was built in the 1930's, and officials here say this is a much needed upgrade.
"This will gut this building of everything it in electrical and heating-wise from top to bottom," said Ranger Doughman. "A lot of it dating back to the original 1930's stuff."
The replacement for the heating system is already underway.
Crews have sunk 18 wells for a geo-thermal system that will save the Park on energy costs in the future.
A future that officials here believe is much brighter because of the millions spent on projects like this.
"We've had 3 here in the last 5 years," said Doughman. "That's amazing and it speaks to the significance of this story and significance of the Memorial to America."
The construction contract calls for the work to be finished next July but there is hope that the work could be done in time for the Rendezvous, Memorial Day weekend.
Park officials say the current project is the last one in the pipeline, but they are looking at submitting a request for some more improvements in the future.
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