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Sewer line project proceeds in Bullskin

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By Rachel Basinger
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 12:31 a.m.

A multimillion-dollar sewer line project is under way for some Bullskin Township residents.

Glenn Wolfe of Widmer Engineering told the Bullskin Township/Connellsville Township Joint Sewage Authority this week that the survey crew for the Phase II project will be out as soon as next week as the process to construction continues.

In August the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced project funding totaling more than $5.3 million in combined loans and grants for the authority to complete Phase II of extending public sewer service to 265 more homes in Bullskin Township.

The authority received a $2.8 million water and environmental loan and $2,552,000 in water and environmental grant money through USDA Rural Development.

The authority will have to contribute $318,000 of its funds for the project, which will include laying sanitary sewer lines and bringing sewer service to parts of Johnson Lane, Dryhill Road, East End Road, Skate Lane/Longanecker Road and Richey Road.

Wolfe said in August that it would probably take at least 2 12 years for the project to be completed.

“Normally it takes a year to design, six months for the permitting and a year to construct, so we're looking at about 2 12 years, but if we can move it along faster, we certainly will,” he said.

This week authority members accepted the engineering agreement for the project. Wolfe said it also has gotten final pricing for the digitized aerial photos that needed to be taken for the project.

In other business, the pipe installation project along Garden Street is almost complete. The authority approved a change order of $11,099 for costs associated with a waterline being set a little deeper as well as adding some pavement.

The total invoice for the project came in at $96,069. The board approved payment of $91,265.55. A total of $4,803.45 will be held until a few small finishing touches can be made sometime in the spring.

The project added 10 customers to the system.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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