Sewer plant to begin next phase of project

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s $700,000 sewer line project is ready for the next phase of work.

Sewer plant Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick said Wednesday the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board decided last week to seek bids for the third phase of the project.

“It will be a lining project on Maplewood Avenue in Johnstown,” Masick said.

The project’s first two phases, which cost roughly $700,000, involved the sewer plant’s main line. The 51-year-old line runs south from Harrison Street in Gloversville to the sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue in Johnstown. Those phases involved replacing some of the 75 manholes and repairing parts of the line.

A previous inspection of the line by C.T. Male Associates of Latham found debris and grit in the flow channel, cracked pipes and significant obstructions that restrict sewer flow. The main trunk line, part of which was first installed in 1963, ranges from 24 inches to 42 inches in diameter.

Masick said the first two phases of the project are complete. Work was done by Precision Industrial Maintenance of Schenectady and Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville.

Phase one included rebuilding two existing manholes, construction of an access road between two manholes, and lining of a ductile iron pipe beneath the Cayadutta Creek. The second phase included replacement of 800 feet of 27-inch vitrified clay pipe and three manhole replacements.

Masick said that during phase two work, workers found downstream piping was in “worse shape than thought,” requiring the third phase of work.

He said he would advertise this week for bids for design construction services to reline the trunk sewer near a park by Maplewood Avenue.

Michael Anich can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.