Tonawanda News

January 18, 2013

Sewer project moving along

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The intersection of Eggert and Fries Road is again open after being closed for about a week due to phase two of the Parker-Fries construction project. 

“It was open Tuesday night or first thing Wednesday morning,” Ken Maving, Director of Water Resources said. “It’s temporary (paving), but it’s fine.”

The contractors, Concrete Applied Technologies of Alden, will continue with their construction until at least the first week of February. Then, they may decide to take a three to four week winter break before picking up again.

“It’s going to get really cold here next week I understand,” Maving said. “That doesn’t affect them too much, but it will be the snow that might.”

Once spring hits, contractors will complete work on a sewer line on Brighton Road that will run from Parker to Parkhurst Boulevard. Workers will also finish restoration on the roads they worked on, as well as pave them with permanent material. 

“We are looking at a summer end date, probably July or August,” Maving said. 

Originally, the project was set to be complete in November and contractors remain far ahead of schedule, a trend Maving doesn’t see stopping. 

Phase two, costing the town $3.63 million, began in August. Before beginning, CATCO was worried they would run into rock in the ground after they began to dig, as well as other soils that would be difficult to shore up. But they haven’t, and that’s what’s causing the project to go much quicker.

With the end of the second phase in sight, town officials are beginning to plan for phase three, which will cost a hefty $16 million. 

“We have begun the application to the Environmental Facilities Corporation that is due Feb. 1,” Maving said. “That is to get us on the project board for 2013 money.”

The board will call a hearing for the funding of phase three at the body’s next meeting, and the hearing will be held at a meeting Feb. 11.

The Parker-Fries project is a four-phase, multimillion dollar project mandated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The improved sewer lines will allow the town to carry more water through in wet weather conditions and get it away from slow draining areas quicker.

If residents near the construction areas would like to contact the town regarding a problem, they should call the project’s hotline 362-8800.

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