Wastewater plant project close to completion

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s $700,000 sewer-line project is nearly complete, although some additional work may be necessary.

A 50-year-old sewer line runs south from Harrison Street in Gloversville to the sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue in Johnstown. Sewer officials are replacing some of the 75 manholes and repairing parts of the main line.

Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick said the project is nearly complete. He said the first phase was completed, and phase two is “actually 90 percent done right now.”

He said a more modernized trunk line benefits the sewer plant operation.

“What it does is that it takes some of the weak spots and basically brings it up to new,” Masick said.

The trunk line ranges from 24 inches in diameter to 42 inches in diameter. The part of the pipeline installed in 1963 is mostly vitrified clay tile sections with pre-cast concrete manholes. Another section installed between 1968 and 1974 is mostly reinforced concrete pipe with cast-in-place concrete manhole bases, channels and benches and pre-cast concrete riser sections and tops.

The first phase of work by Precision Industrial Maintenance of Schenectady included manhole and sewer line cleaning and replacement along West Main Street, as well as grading work.

An inspection previously by C.T. Male Associates found debris and grit in the flow channel, cracked pipes and some significant obstructions that restrict sewer flow.

Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville has been working on the second phase of work.

Masick said replacement of clay pipe and manholes near Townsend Avenue was accomplished as part of phase two, and final grading work is under way.

He said further inspection of the trunk line by contractors revealed additional cracks in the clay pipe between some manholes.

The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently authorized C.T. Male to provide additional design work for the lining of a 27-inch clay tile trunk as part of possible additional work.

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