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New water line on way to Martins Ferry

Updated: Monday, August 25 2014, 05:51 PM EDT
MARTINS FERRY, Ohio –For those who live along County Road 4 in Martins Ferry, the term relief is probably an understatement after it was learned that a massive water line is not only being replaced, but in a little more than a year, it’s set to be a state-of-the-art distribution system.
Martins Ferry and Belmont County officials made the announcement during a news conference Monday afternoon.
"On one weekend alone, we've had over 12 breaks on the same line," Martins Ferry Mayor Paul Riethmiller said.
The water line was selected as the 35th project from a field of 150, ranked by priority, on the EPA’s project priority list.
"It's a revolving loan,” explained Director of Development Kathy Gagin. “And what happens is, you have your overall project cost. And with Tier II funds, it’s not really a grant, it's forgiveness. So it’s a loan with 30 percent forgiveness, so it’s kind of like they’re giving us a grant of 30 percent which is almost $500,000.”
The problem is that water doesn't flow in both directions from the distribution center through the pre-1960s cement-based asbestos waterline, which serves approximately 234 customers.
"Right now, the line is cut in two because of bridge construction and the age of the old line,” explained Jeff Vaughn from Vaughn, Coast & Vaughn, Inc.
The new line, all one section, will allow water to flow both directions from distribution center.
“The scope the job is to basically install 20,000 feet of new 8-inch water line that connects SR. 250 all the way back to the Martins Ferry ball fields," Vaughn said.
"I’m just so happy for the residents of Colerain that once this is in, within the next year, we shouldn’t have water breaks because of this new pipe,” Riethmiller said.
The project has already been approved by the EPA and paperwork will move forward. In February, bids will go out with construction anticipated to begin on May 1, 2015.
The project's completion is scheduled for 6-8 months after that.    

New water line on way to Martins Ferry

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