CLEARFIELD – Anyone who travels through Clearfield Borough knows that some big changes are being made around town as a big sewer project is under way.
Todd Banks of Stiffler, McGraw & Associates of Hollidaysburg recently updated council members on where the project has been and where it is going.
Banks said the project’s overall pricetag is $34 million with $31 million coming from loans.
Phase I is nearing completion and is set to be done in January. That portion of the project, which covers the western portion of 1st Ward and 3rd Ward, began in October 2005. Phase IA began last month in the eastern portion of 1st Ward and part of 3rd Ward. That project is slated for completion in April.
So far, Banks said, things are moving along well, and Phase I has already shown about a 5 percent savings, or about $500,000.
“It would be great to keep that running and save $2 million to $2.5 million over the course of the job,” he said.
Cost savings will likely be realized, and some traffic headaches could stop if Continental Construction is able to follow through with a plan that would prevent some roads from being torn up during the project.
The plan is to construct a main line through alleys from Third Street to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River downtown.
“Most of the work would include plumbing in the basements of the buildings,” said Banks, who added that the construction would then take place in alleys instead of on the main streets in some downtown areas. If the change is possible, it could mean a $200,000 cost savings to the borough.
Phase II and Phase III will finish out the borough with work in 2nd Ward and 3rd Ward.
Phase II of the project will include the replacement of about 50,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer, main lines, manholes and laterals. Pennsylvania Infransturcture INvestment Authority funding in the amount of $11,000 has been secured for Phase II of the project.
Phase III will include replacing 30,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer main lines, manholes and laterals. Phase III is expected to cost about $6.5 million.
Phase II should begin in March and be complete in April 2008. Phase III will begin in March 2008 and finish in May 2009.