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Highland Pike Sewer Project to Begin Next Week

Sanitation District 1 will begin its sewer relocation project along Highland Pike in Fort Wright  next week.
According to the utility, the sanitary sewer pipe has failed, and will be relocated along with an above-ground bypass line, and replaced with 2,400 linear feet of 15-inch gravity sewer.
Construction is expected to take place through December and will result in temporary trail closures in the Fort Wright Nature Center

Because the pipe is located near an active landslide area, the new sewer line will be installed higher on the hill using horizontal directional drilling. By placing the sewer in stable bedrock, SD1 will not disturb the hillside and will protect its infrastructure from future landslides.

As part of SD1’s Clean H2O40 program, the upsized pipe will increase sewer capacity in the area by 50 percent, helping to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) while also allowing SD1 to meet future increases in demand, a news release said.

In conjunction with this project, SD1’s contractor will repair the sidewalk along Highland Pike that was disconnected due to landslide activity. The blocked-off parking lot along Highland Pike will also be removed. 

The Fort Wright Nature Center’s Highland Pike entrance will remain closed, but trails are still accessible from Augusta Avenue. The connected pathway will give pedestrians a safe route up Highland Pike.

The relocation project is estimated to cost $3 million, saving SD1 approximately $1.3 million from its original budget estimates, a news release said.

-Staff report