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Progress continues on Weirton sewer project

Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 05:37 PM EST

By Jon Rudder
WEIRTON, W. Va - The $5.9 million project will eliminate an overflow problem that plagued the aging system.
A map on the wall shows the progress - nearly two-thirds of the way completed. Despite a harsh winter season the task of replacing piping, pumping and electrical equipment continues to move forward.
"This whole project, about three years now, has been a remedial project to capture that flow more efficiently and provide it here for final treatment before being released to the Ohio River,” Utilities Director A.D. Mastrantoni said.
A problem discovered at the Fifth Street lift station resulted in overflowing, so renovations to that station and 26,000 feet of piping will divert all sewage through the station to the water treatment plant.
“We also found that we had roughly about 1,000 structures that over the years were not sending their sanitary flows directly to the lift station,” Mastrantoni said.
Crews are currently working north of Virginia Avenue and south of Elmer Avenue. Officials caution drivers to make the necessary adjustments to their travel plans.  
The project is being funded by the sanitary board and the state revolving fund for sewer development.
They anticipate the line work to be completed by mid to late May with the final project wrapping up sometime in August.
“Reworking it the way we have will guarantee that flow is delivered here to the plant so that we don't continue to insult the Ohio River with the waste water,” Mastrantoni said.

Progress continues on Weirton sewer project

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