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Tonawanda golf course gets 'muffler' from sewer project excavations

Talk about recycling!

Soil and other materials being excavated for a sanitary sewer project in the Town of Tonawanda are being reused at Brighton Park Golf Course, where a massive, comma-shaped berm has begun to take shape.

Since August, 20,700 cubic yards of materials from Fries Road have been trucked, dumped and graded by Concrete Applied Technologies Corp. of Alden, the contractor for phase two of the Parker-Fries project.

“It started when the project commenced for phase two,” said Ken Maving, director of water resources for the town. “[CATCO was] thrilled to be able to take it there.”

In a common practice that saves money on a project’s disposal costs, clay soil excavated before construction of the town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant on Two Mile Creek Road in the 1970s was used to build the town’s overflow retention pond along Ellicott Creek.

During phase one of the Parker-Fries project, 53,500 cubic yards of materials excavated by Kandey Co. of West Seneca was hauled to the Town of Tonawanda landfill to use as cover, according to Maving.

The contractor for phase two had planned to do the same, until Rich Ford, supervisor of parks maintenance for the town, presented another idea: constructing a berm to muffle traffic noise along the southwestern section of the golf course, which is parallel to the Youngmann Memorial Highway.

“It’s just for sound, because it’s so loud on the golf course right there,” Ford said Wednesday. A smaller berm has stood on the site for some time.

The materials taken to the golf course so far are from the installation of a 30-inch sewer line, of which there will be 4,000 feet. The project also calls for 2,000 feet each of 24-inch and 18-inch pipe.

Ford said he envisions a finished structure measuring approximately 50 feet high and 500 yards long, stretching all the way to the back of the U.S. Army Reserve property on the Colvin Boulevard Extension.

“We are going to have just plain grass on it,” Ford said. “It should look really nice when it’s done.”

The berm probably will take years to complete, Ford said. There shouldn’t be a shortage of materials; there are two more phases in the Parker-Fries project, which is only the first part of an anticipated decades-long, townwide sewer system update.

“It hasn’t cost us a nickel – that’s the nicest part,” Ford said.

Here’s another way to look at the volume of what’s been put into the berm so far: The 20,700 cubic yards would fill 111,780 of the 5-cubic-foot “garden” wheelbarrows often used by homeowners.

“I’m glad we’re not doing it by hand,” Ford laughed.