(ORLEANS) - The Town of Orleans's huge undertaking of replacing and/or rebuilding of its 80 year plus sewer system continues to move forward.
During a weekly progress meeting officials learned from Project Manager Doug Stewart of Infrastructure Systems, Inc. that to date nearly 30 percent of the pipes have been installed.
Stewart noted that the pipe installation is on schedule and will be completed by September and restoration to be fully complete by November.
This month work will progress in the area north of East Liberty Road and in the area north of East Harding Street and West Jefferson Street west of North 6th Street.
Asphalt Street restoration work will begin in approximately mid-April, dependent upon asphalt plant opening. Yard restoration work will begin in April, weather permitting.
Orleans Clerk Robert Henderson says a large scale project map located at city hall is also being updated by Stewart indicating the project progress. It can be viewed anytime during regular business hours.
Stewart says he appreciates how everyone has worked together during the construction phase these last few months and the assistance and support that has been provided by Town Supt. Mike Dixon and the town crews.
During the extensive planning phase conducted prior to construction getting underway last fall there were numerous places around town identified where the old sewers had buildings or other structures placed on top of them.
These sewer lines are being placed in the public right-of ways, in alley, or in easements so the Town can maintain them going forward. To avoid added hardships for residents construction crews are going around them wherever possible.
The town is asking that property owners be aware that before they construct a new building or structure or even plant a tree to be sure and stop by Town Hall and let the town crew come out and locate the water mains and sewers. Keeping these areas open will allow work crews access to maintain town utilities in the future.
In a related matter, Henderson says the town still has available a limited number of in line check valves that will prevent the backup of sewage from the sewer main. These are available for purchase at Town Hall. The valve cost is $25 and can be install by your plumber or contractor.
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