Sanitary board hears pipe update

WEIRTON – The Weirton Sanitary Board was updated Tuesday on an ongoing multi-phase project aimed at routing untreated sanitary flow from the city’s north end to the wastewater treatment plant and preventing it from being released into the Ohio River.

The second phase of the project began in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed this August, according to officials.

Kevin G. Board, board secretary, explained there have been two change orders thus far, altering the original plans for the project.

The first was in the contract with Alex E. Paris Contracting.

“In the mill they hit a 12-foot culvert and had to go around it, so this is for additional concrete and line to skirt around that,” Board reported.

The contractor requested $5,571.46 to cover the extra materials and labor.

The second change order in the contract is with Ferry Electrical Contractors for a deduction of $47,035 as a result of downsizing a generator from 600 kilowatts to 350 kilowatts based on engineers’ calculations.

The board voted unanimously to approve both change orders. Aside from those alterations, the project continues on schedule, officials said.

The line project became necessary when, in 2010, it was discovered sewage runoff was being released into the Ohio River on property owned by ArcelorMittal Steel. The first phase, completed in 2013, included installing approximately 4,700 lineal feet of gravity sewer along Pennsylvania Avenue, up Old Main Street to the 5th Street lift station.

The current phase will install pipework from North Weirton, through the city’s downtown and along Freedom Way to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

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