North Fourth Avenue sewer project moving forward

WASHINGTON — Residents on the north side of Washington will see a major construction project coming their way in Spring 2020 as the council voted to move forward with the engineering agreement for the design and construction of the North Fourth Avenue sewer project.

In a memo sent to the Washington City Council by City Administrator Brent Hinson outlined that the council approved a task order for a study on the project back in April. At the meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the council approved an engineering task order for the $2.5 million project.

The memo states the project will include separating the water plant’s storm drainage from the sanitary drain which will have a reduction benefit of about 6.14 million gallons per day. The proposed project also will involve the reconstruction of North Fourth Avenue to include new pavement, upswing of the water main to Stewart Elementary to increase the fire flow, replace the sanitary sewer beneath Fourth Avenue and completing an extension of the sidewalk on the east side of the street that will connect to the middle school and Lincoln Elementary.

The council is expecting to bid the project in March 2020 and begin construction in May. Due to the impact on school traffic, the city is hoping to get most of the project one over the summer with an anticipated completion date of Sept. 11, 2020.