Ticonderoga Repairs to environmentally-crucial wastewater pipe in the Ticonderoga will cost less than initially expected.
Supervisor Deb Malaney said repairs to the sewage transmission line that spans the LaChute River will cost about $70,000 — not the $300,000 town officials feared.
“We had to bond to pay for the repairs,” she explained. “At first we though it could cost that much so we went to bond for up to $300,000. It’s going to be well, well below that, about $70,000.”
The large pipe is on a trestle that crosses the LaChute River, carrying waste from the town sewer system to the wastewater treatment plant on Montcalm Street.
Earlier this year town engineers discovered welds on the trestle holding the pipe were deteriorating and were in danger of failing. Emergency repairs totalling $14,000 have already been made, but permanent repairs are still needed. The work will be done this fall.
“The pipe is over the LaChute,” Malaney said. “The pipe itself is sturdy, very safe, but the truss holding the pipe is in poor conditions. Welds need to be repaired.
“It’s not a good thing to have a pipe carrying wastewater threatening to fall into a river,” she said. “It needs to be fixed and it will be.”
The pipe and the trestle holding it were constructed in 1970 when the town wastewater treatment plant was built, Malaney said. The structure is inspected annually.
AES Northeast of Plattsburgh did the engineering work for the project, Malaney said. Carl Schroeder, a structural engineer who is a consultant for the Essex County Department of Public Works, assisted.