ShareThis Page
Prep work underway for Freeport sewer project | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

Prep work underway for Freeport sewer project

Chuck Biedka

A construction crew is installing temporary shoring along Buffalo Creek at Freeport’s sewer plant so an Oakdale company can begin work on the first stage of the nearly $12 million renovation of the facility.

The Phase 1 work by Jet Jack is almost six months later than expected, Freeport officials say.

High water levels since October have created the delay, according to a Jet Jack manager.

Brian Churilla of KLH Engineers recently said river levels from October through March were about a foot higher than average. The borough hired KLH as construction manager for the overall sewer project.

When the prep work is done, crews will put in two sewer lines parallel to an existing line that sends overflow raw sewage into the river. Eventually, steps will be taken to stop that from happening, Churilla said.

When Phase 1 is completed, Jet Jack will have installed about 1,650 feet of 10- to 27-inch sewer line to the borough’s treatment plant at the end of First Street. The work includes 14 manholes.

Jet Jack employees used two excavators to lift half-ton steel plates and then install them in a line just above the ground along Buffalo Creek.

While one excavator was chaining up a piece of steel stored near a fence at the plant, the second excavator was placing another plate and then driving it into place.

In the latest communication from Jet Jack to KLH, the contractor estimates phase completion in July, Churilla said.

He said a revised agreement is needed with Jet Jack that takes into consideration the weather delays.

Meanwhile, sewer pipe and manholes are being stored at the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Freeport Boat Launch. A Jet Jack project manager said the work won’t impact fishermen.

Jet Jack’s Jon Hoffman said the company will comply with all fish commission rules protecting its land and anglers.

It stipulates that, in mid-May, anglers must have priority at the boat ramp.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.