Initial sewer line work nearly done

JOHNSTOWN – Initial work associated with the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s $4.4 million trunk line project is expected to be completed soon.

Work is being done in phases, and facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick said last week the first phase is nearing completion.

“We are expecting to finish it by the end of the year,” he told the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board.

The first phase involves cleaning and mechanical work on the 50-year-old main trunk line. The line runs four miles from Harrison Street in Gloversville to the sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue in Johnstown. Improvements and replacement are being done on the main sewer pipeline and initial work involves a $435,000 contract with Precision Industrial Maintenance Inc. of Schenectady.

Masick said two easements were filed with the Fulton County Clerk’s Office to assist the project.

The Johnstown Common Council recently accepted the easements from Todd and Lisa Wright of 334 W. Main St. and Lee Dying of North Carolina, located on West Clinton Street, because of the work.

The facility needs the easements to finish cleaning work, as well as replacing manholes and sections of pipe that need to be replaced. Masick said the sewer plant is replacing two manholes on West Main Street in Johnstown due to deterioration. He said pre-cast manhole sections were ordered.

Facility consultant George Bevington said the sewer plant received “nice cooperation” from the city on the easements. He said Johnstown City Engineer Susan Palmer Johnson worked with facility attorney Mark Schachner of Glens Falls to secure them.

Trunk line work is being done because an inspection by engineers found debris and grit in the flow channel, cracked pipes and some significant obstructions that restrict sewer flow. The facility studied 10 possible projects that should be looked at over the next number of years. Engineers said reinforced concrete pipe and manholes are very strong but susceptible to root penetration at joints, infiltration and inflow and corrosion due to harsh liquid and gaseous chemicals.