Sewer project enters 2nd phase

JOHNSTOWN – The first phase of the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s main trunk line upgrade project is winding down, and the facility is entering a second, estimated $600,000 phase of work.

The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on Wednesday authorized bidding for the second phase. Bids are due to be awarded at the board’s March 12 meeting.

The sewer plant is currently in the first phase of a $4.4 million trunk line project.

Trunk line work is being done because an inspection by engineers from C.T. Male Associates of Latham 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 in a report released in October 2012 that reinforced concrete pipe and manholes are susceptible to root penetration at joints, infiltration and inflow and corrosion due to harsh liquid and gaseous chemicals.

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. Initial work is being done by Precision Industrial Maintenance Inc. of Schenectady.

Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick said that with easements obtained for work on West Main Street in Johnstown, the contractor has mobilized equipment for access road construction to get to sites. He reported trees and brush were cleared and fill continues to be hauled in. Work includes manhole and sewer line cleaning and replacement.

“We should start seeing work in the manholes [soon],” Masick said.

The first phase of trunk line work should be completed by the end of this month, Masick said.

Masick said the next phase will entail replacement of about 800 feet of 27-inch pipe and replacement of more manholes. He estimated the cost of the next phase at about $600,000.