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Residents urged to be patient with public sewage project

| Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Project manager Marie Hartman, of Widmer Engineering, urged patience from the public at Monday's Yough Sanitary Authority board meeting.

She explained that work on the project continues, and when complete, will provide public sewage to more than 700 customers in Vanderbilt, Dawson and portions of Dunbar Township, Franklin Township and Lower Tyrone Township.

However, the road repairs will take time. Once crews dig up a street for a line, the line must settle for 30 days, then be inspected. She added that if the contractor waits until later in the project, the board may allocate enough money for paving to repair the entire width of an affected road, not just the 4-foot ditch width.

Hartman said that main roads and "critical areas" are paved as the crews install the lines.

Yard restoration will take place once the weather dries, Hartman said.

Project inspector Steve Eby, of Widmer Engineering, explained that crews make survey marks indicating the path of the line and elevation for manholes. These do not indicate where a property owner's lateral will be located. Eby said he will go door-to-door with the tap marks and explain the location to the property owner.

Shallenberger Construction has installed more than 15 percent of the lines and manholes. Port Vue Plumbing has completed more than 17 percent of the wastewater treatment plant construction. A-1 Electric has installed more than 20 percent of the plant wiring. The completion deadline is Sept. 10.

Hartman said the contractors will likely meet the deadline.

Once the work is complete and the plant is running, the authority will issue notices to connect to property owners.

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