April 14, 2016
Contact: Tim Nyander
Utilities Services Director
Sewer Rehabilitation Project Scheduled April through October 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Contractors for the City of Fayetteville started the Ramsey and Overcrest Sewer Rehabilitation Project this April; the estimated completion date of the project is October 30, 2016. Work will take place along utility easements and roadways in the vicinity of N. Old Wire Road from Mission Boulevard to E. Township Street. Some work will coincide with the N. Old Wire Road Improvements Project creating a cost savings. Water customers may experience minor disruption in service (less than two hours) when lines are connected or if a private sewer line needs to be reconnected to a City line.
The Wastewater Collection System 2014 Master Plan Update identified the Ramsey and Overcrest Sewer Rehabilitation Project as a first priority pipeline improvement to address sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) in the area which have occasionally occurred during wet weather. The City has historically, and continues to perform very well to reduce and eliminate SSOs. The project includes pipe replacement in place (known as “pipe bursting”), excavation and replacement of pipe, and pipe boring under certain streets. All pipe widths are being increased which adds capacity to the lines. The approximate length of sewer main improvements include 6,443 lateral feet of transmission main replacement and an additional 1,243 lateral feet of smaller transmission line replacement. Estimated cost for this capital improvement project is $2,373,333 and is financed through the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Fund.
Lynn Hyke, utilities construction project manager for the City, has been going door-to-door explaining the project to residents and will continue to do so throughout the project. “This system upgrade replaces lines that are over capacity when groundwater and storm water enter the pipes. Private sewer lines should not be affected,” explained Hyke. Citizens who experience sewer backups should contact the City’s Water and Sewer Operations Department to determine if the blockage is in the City line or the property’s line. Citizens are responsible for clearing blockages on private property sewer lines and should consider contacting a plumber.
The Water and Sewer Department conducts ongoing capital projects to upgrade utility systems as the City of Fayetteville grows. Projects are budgeted accordingly from priorities determined by the Master Plan. The department continually identifies and completes necessary improvements to help maintain water quality and environmental quality for the citizens of Fayetteville. More information about water and sewer infrastructure projects and other capital improvements can be found on the City’s website in the “Your Tax Dollars at Work” section.