Construction is expected to start soon for Fayette’s large sewer project. The work will remove the remaining combined sewer lines that mix storm water with septic waste and result in overflows of sewage into Spring Creek.
“I didn’t anticipate a winter start,” said village administrator Steven Blue, “but that probably helped us get a lower price.”
The bids for all phases of the project came in lower than expected.
Because many streets will be torn up for a long period of time, Blue said construction will begin in an area where a street isn’t involved. Equipment will begin digging near the lift station located north of Main Street on the east edge of the village and continue north near the trailer park toward the sewage treatment plant.
Another work crew will begin installing a liner in the main interceptor lines that are considered in good shape and not in need of replacement. The lining is applied as a wet, stretchy material that hardens into a smooth surface as it dries. The lining will further extend the life of the lines.
Blue estimates the entire project will take at least seven months and during that time, many streets will be in a rough condition until the final paving.
“Side streets are likely to be backfilled with stone until paved,” he said.
Strips of stone will follow sewer lines where digging occurred, and final paving isn’t expected until all construction is complete.
Construction that involves U.S. 20 has to wait until spring when clearance is given by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The village is making use of a grant that will cover half the cost of paving most of the village streets not affected by the sewer construction. Blue expects that might occur at the same time as paving the construction-damaged streets. He’s hoping the same paving company would come through with the winning bid to provide a lower cost.