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Batavia sets stage for Washington Avenue sewer project

BATAVIA – City Department of Public Works officials are gearing up for a $1.4 million sanitary sewer project that will result in new sewer service to residents of Washington Avenue from Ross Street to Jefferson Avenue.

“While we have utilized the lining of sewers in our maintenance, this project is not a candidate for that. The lines are 70 to 100 years old and need to be replaced,” said DPW Director Matthew J. Worth at an informational “open house” Wednesday at City Hall.

Worth said he will be putting the project out to bid on March 1 and hopes that construction will begin by early May. It is expected that the work will take four months to complete.

He said construction will start at the east end of Washington Avenue so it will not conflict with the complete reconstruction of Summit Street, also scheduled for this spring. Summit Street and Washington Avenue intersect one block west of Ross Street.

“There definitely is coordination that has to happen,” he said. “The Summit project actually will start ahead of the sewer project, with replacement of the water mains being the first thing (on the list).”

Residents living on the north side of Washington Avenue will receive new sewer and water service, while those on the south side will only receive new sewer service due to the way the connections from the street to the sidewalks are set up, Worth said.

He said repairs will be made to small sections of Jefferson Avenue and State Street as well and water service lines will be replaced at specific locations.

Other points shared at the open house:

• During construction, it is expected that sewer service will always be available at each property, and while driveway access may be limited, residents will have access to their driveway each night.

• An inspector from GHD Consulting Services Inc. of Buffalo will be on site during the project and will be available to answer residents’ questions as the work progresses.

• Once the project is complete, Washington Avenue will be milled and repaved from Ellicott Avenue (which is west of Jefferson Avenue) to Ross Street.

• The repair or replacement of water lines from the sidewalk to the home is the responsibility of the home owner.

“As with any construction, there will be dust and mud and it will be busy, noisy, loud and disruptive,” Worth said. “But the end product will be very good.”