Tonawanda News

The Town

July 13, 2010

Town gets $4M for sewer upgrade

— — A grant for $4 million was awarded last week to the Town of Tonawanda’s far-reaching project to upgrade storm sewer capacity.

Work gets under way this month on the first phase of the Parker-Fries Interceptor project.

Gov. David Paterson last week announced $67 Million in Grants for Clean Water Infrastructure Across New York, with $4 million going to the Town’s $30 million first phase of work, scheduled to take two years to complete.

The Parker-Fries Interceptor, a four-phase project that will proceed well into the future, will replace an existing 30-inch diameter sewer pipe with 48- and 72-inch pipe. The existing piping is more than 70 years old and badly corroded. In addition, the project has been necessitated by state and federal mandates that municipalities eliminate their overflows from sanitary sewers to the storm sewers.

The town expects to receive further subsidized funding from the state’s Environmental Facilities Corp., which administers the grants originating from the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund.

The project is ultimately being paid for by town residents through bonds, though the subsidized funding from the state’s Environmental Facilities Corp. provides assistance to municipalities across the state that are undergoing environmental projects. Half of the interest rate will be paid through that fund.

Paterson announced that municipalities across New York State will receive a total of $67 million in the latest round of grants for clean water infrastructure projects.

“This funding represents an important investment in New York's clean water infrastructure," he said in a press release. “For many New York communities, these projects would not be possible without the substantial financial assistance provided to them as principal forgiveness.”

Phase one will involve a tunneling machine beginning at the Parker Pump station. Beginning at Parker Boulevard and Glenalby Road, it will continue down Parker replacing pipe at a rate of about 40 to 60 feet per day.

West Seneca-based contractor Kandey Co. will be handling the early work.

Residents can obtain project updates by visiting ParkerFriesProject.com. or call 362-8800 to file a complaint or ask questions.

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