Ticonderoga A sewer project now under way in Ticonderoga may be a template for future work in the community.
Work to separate the sanitary sewer from storm water in the St. Clair Street and Wayne Avenue area is saving money, while utilizing town resources.
“It’s a nice project,” said Tracy Smith, Ticonderoga water and sewer superintendent. “The highway and water and sewer departments have done a lot of the work and it’s going really well. It’s a good story.”
The project includes the placement of 1,200 feet of sanitary sewer and 1,200 feet of storm sewer pipes along Wayne Avenue and St. Clair Street. The area has had problems with a manhole overflowing during heavy rains.
“There’s been a problem for years with that manhole,” Smith said. “This will solve the problem.”
The sewer system in that part of Ticonderoga has handled both sewage and storm water. This project separates them and is expected to alleviate flooding issues.
The project will cost about $350,000 when complete in November, Smith said. The town received no grant money for the work, so the cost will be paid by district residents.
“We’re saving $50-70,000 by doing some of the work ourselves,” Smith said. “There’s been tremendous cooperation to get this done.”
A contractor has been hired to do much of the work, but costs have been contained through the use of town departments. The water and sewer department purchased all the materials and is doing as much work as possible. The town highway department has done all the trucking and will repave the streets when work is finished.
“If we can do more projects like this, it’ll really help the town,” Smith said. “Using our own people to purchase materials and do as much work as possible ourselves can save a lot of money.”
Supervisor Deb Malaney said Ticonderoga received planning grants last year from the state to separate the town storm drains from its sewer lines, some of which are more than 100 years old.
Malaney noted the town just finished a multi-year sewer plant upgrade and an overhaul of the town’s sewer infrastructure is the next step.