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Alexandria Avenue project begins; traffic disruption expected

TICONDEROGA Work has started on the long-awaited Alexandria Avenue storm water project in Ticonderoga. The work, which has been planned the past two years, is designed to prevent flooding in the area and save the town money by separating waste water and storm water. For several years weve had complaints about flooding of houses in the (LaChute River) upper falls area, Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. Its especially bad just south of Alexandria Avenue. Dedrick said heavy rains often overwhelm the current storm water/waste water system in the Alexandria Avenue area. That results in manholes overflowing and water flooding nearby basements. As part of a long term control plan, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has urged Ticonderoga to install a storm water collection system the area, Dedrick said. By separating storm water from waste water, Dedrick explained, the current sewer system will no longer be over-loaded and flooding will cease. It will also save Ticonderoga money, he added, because all water in the current sewer system is treated at the town waste water treatment plant. Storm water doesnt need to be treated, he noted. The Alexandria Avenue project will install a storm water collection system and manholes from the intersection of The Portage to the LaChute River, which will divert storm water from the sewer system to the river. Itll stop the flooding and save us the money of treating storm water, Dedrick said. The $360,000 project is being done by Bombard Inc. and is expected to take four to six weeks to complete. There will be some traffic disruption during the construction, Dedrick said. The cost of the project is being split between the town sewer department and the Ti highway department.

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