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Essex stormwater line project stalled

— Two lines cannot go in the same place.

Essex County Department of Public Works Director Anthony LaVigne said that the work in the hamlet of Essex to replace the stormwater line on Beggs Point Road had to be halted recently when it was found out the line would run directly into the current town water line.

“We are now pursuing relocation and installation of a closed storm sewer system under Beggs Point Road to avoid conflicts with the town water line in the ditch,” LaVigne said in a release to residents. “The relocation of the storm sewer will affect the project and how it will now progress.”

LaVigne said that there would be a small diameter drainage pipe that will collect the discharge from existing cellar drains in the ditch along Beggs Point Road, which would then filter to the new storm sewer line, which would follow the existing sanitary sewer system.

“We would do this in an attempt to utilize the existing sanitary sewer excavation,” he said. “This location is chosen in an attempt to avoid ledge rock and impacts to the historic district. Soil exploration along the proposed center line of the new storm sewer will be performed to accurately locate the depth of ledge rock.”

Because of the change, LaVigne said the county will have to work with the Department of Environmental Conservation and submit the new proposed plan for that review.

“The new plan may require historic review because the plan is outside of existing drainages,” he said. “There will be an additional cost due to the purchase of large diameter pipe to convey the closed storm sewer system.”

LaVigne said that while this would be a setback for the project, he was focused on making sure the stormwater system is repaired in the hamlet.

“We are committed to repairing the drainage system in the hamlet of Essex,” he said. “The new storm sewer will help alleviate several drainage problems in the hamlet as well as reduce pollution and sediment deposition into Lake Champlain. Crews will clean up the site and perform work on other projects until all required permits are received, soil conditions are confirmed and additional materials are on site.”

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