Jeff Baines, commissioner of the Public Works, indicated the sewer needed to be repaired and improved due to its age and its design. “That sewer is an old, old line,” he said. The department replaced the sewer up to West Main Street around 10 years ago, and is now continuing from West Main toward Hickory Ridge Road.
Baines also said the sewer didn’t have enough slope when it was first constructed, which attributed to problems with its flow and backing up into the storm line. The work being carried out now will increase the line’s slope as well as update the materials used and the sewer’s size to maximize flow.
Joe Owens, an employee of Conrad Construction who is working at the Ole Neighborhood site, said their job is to repair around 1,600 feet of the line. They’re increasing the diameter of the pipes from 18 inches to 24, and switching from concrete to plastic materials.
The cleanliness and protection of Barton’s Creek was an issue with the construction workers, Owens said, as the work is being done right along its banks. He also pointed out the old pipe crosses the creek above ground, creating a dam for the water and natural debris that builds up, and they will move the line under the creek bed to eliminate this effect.
"We’re trying to keep the creek as clean as we can,” Owens said. “That line will be 4 feet under the creek so it won’t act as a dam anymore.”
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