Tonawanda News

The Town

August 24, 2012

Town residents leery of sewer project's impact


Tonawanda News —

“Someone drove between a fir tree and a house just to get around the barriers,” Rowland said.

Town officials advised residents to call the police department with the driver’s license plate number if they witness anyone moving or ignoring barriers.

Rowland explained to residents that the aim of the project is to allow the town to carry more water through in wet weather conditions, and get it away from drainage areas quicker. The project isn’t expected to cause problems with residents’ water and sewer systems at their homes, but Rowland told residents to call the town if that does occur. 

The construction is beginning at Fries Road and Koenig Road, and will continue south to Ogden Road. Town officials outlined a tentative construction schedule at a meeting Thursday — the work should reach Green Acres Road by the second week of October, Glenably Road by the third week of November and Yorkshire Road by Christmas. The work will then slow down heading into the winter. 

Despite a later start to the construction than originally hoped for, Water Resources Department Head Ken Maving said the project will be done by next fall. 

Construction crews will often work 10-hour days, five days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., but construction could take place 24 hours a day and on Saturdays if needed. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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