A sewage line extension project for Dallas Pike Road area businesses currently maintaining their own sewage plants is scheduled to start next week, pending weather conditions.
Kerry Marshall, Ohio County Public Service District manager, said the project's contractor, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating of Powhatan Point, has its pipe in place and is ready to start work.
The $1.6 million project will begin near the Robinson car dealerships at The Highlands. Motorists should expect some delays while driving in the area, as temporary traffic signals will be used to keep workers safe.
Photo by Shelley Hanson
Shown here is the pipe that will be used to begin a sewage service extension project in the Dallas Pike Road area beginning next week, weather pending.
''It's looking pretty good. ... It should be done in November,'' Marshall noted.
The PSD received funding for the project from the state Revolving Loan Fund. It will cover the cost of the contractor's work, along with environmental and road permits, engineering costs and bond-related costs.
The extension project came about after several different businesses, including some hotels, were told by the state Department of Environmental Protection their own treatment facilities, known as ''package plants,'' were outdated.
The business owners were told by the DEP to update their plants or face fines.
Instead of spending potentially millions of dollars to update their plants, the businesses asked the PSD for help in getting public sewage service.
Individual businesses were responsible for hiring contractors to install pumping stations on their properties. The pumping stations will be turned over to and maintained by the PSD after the lines are installed.