By Larissa Dudkiewicz
A multi-million dollar project to upgrade the sanitary sewage system in Ambridge is now underway.
Other projects will begin soon thereafter at various locations around the borough and Ivancik said the public will be updated as the project progresses and every effort will be made to communicate to residents.
"Residents will get something on their doors every block of the way," she said.
The Ambridge Municipal Authority has been working since 2001 under a consent order from the state Department of Environmental Protection to correct the sanitary sewer system in order to eliminate all sewage discharges from the system.
The municipal authority has mapped their system, located and eliminated sources of storm water entrance to the system, completed corrections and repairs to the facilities, updated the wastewater treatment plant, updated pump stations and completed flow monitoring studies to determine system improvements required to eliminate all sewage overflows.
After formal approval from the DEP of corrective facilities necessary, the authority initiated contracts for substantial capital projects to improve the performance of the sanitary sewer system and meet required environmental standards, including:
- Park Road relief sewer line from Eighth to Fourth streets
- New Fourth Street Pump Station and demolition of existing.
- New Pump Station Force Main from Fourth to 19th St. via Park, Ohioview, Church and Route 65.
- Rehabilitation of Existing Force Main along Route 65 from Fourth to 10th.
- New storm storage facility at 19th St & Oak.
The work involves tearing up a section of Fourth Street and Park Road. Vehicles will have to be re-routed.
Ivancik said she has notified the bus companies, school buses and emergency officials about impending detours. She has also been in touch with the Ambridge Chamber of Commerce and the Farmers’ Market about the project.
The market is set to open for the season in May and the chamber plans to hold the 50th Nationality Days festival May 15 to May 17 in the same parking lot of Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church.
Council tabled a vote last week to approve parking restrictions for Nationality Days on Park Road due to unforeseen issues related to the sewer project in town.
“We’re concerned about the health issue with the food booths and the safety, with the people walking around there with an open pit, gravel, equipment, and steel plating over the streets,” Mikulich said. “It could cause a problem, we don’t want anybody to get hurt.”
The extent of work on Park Road is expected to last through September, but Ivancik said measures are being taken so that Nationality Days is not affected. She said construction will not occur over the weekend during festivities, everything will be plated and most equipment will be out of the way.
The municipal authority said each project will create some temporary disruptions at different timings to normal patterns of life. Work in the Old Economy area is expected to begin around August or September.
Projects will extend into the Spring of 2016.
"Every effort will be made to communicate to the residents of Ambridge Borough the impact of these construction activities in specific areas before they begin. The Borough website and Facebook page will be regularly updated and will remain a good source of information during the coming year. Other local news outlets will also be involved," the authority said.
For questions or additional information, call the Authority Office 724-266-7810.
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