Local company awarded Vanceburg sewage project

Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer

January 4, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A Portsmouth company is set to begin a major Combined Sewage Overflow System project in the city of Vanceburg, Ky.

Distel Construction officials say they expect to break ground Jan. 21 on the project that will cost $3,118,272.19. Distel was awarded the project after coming in with a bid that is under the $3.2 million project cost estimate.

“We’re going to mobilize, and we’re laying it out now, shooting grade and manholes, and getting things started now,” Becky Distel-Wilson of Distel Construction said. “We just finished a job in Adams County, it was all sewer, at $1.9 million. This is the whole infrastructure for Vanceburg. There’s a waterline in this one. There’s sanitary sewer. There is some gas line work. And there is roadway, sidewalks and storm sewer.”

Bill Tom Stone, superintendent of the Electric Plant Board said the project, mainly on Second Street, is extensive.

“They’re going to replace the sewer line and separate it from the storm system,” Stone said. “I think Portsmouth has been doing some of the same stuff.”

Stone said the city’s problem centered around the old sewer line which was laid in 1927.

“At that time it was a storm sewer line,” Stone said. “It went directly to the river like everybody else up and down the river did.”

Stone said in 1964 the city built a new wastewater treatment plant.

“All they did was tie in all the systems to the line that went over to the treatment plant,” Stone said.

Stone said the plant is rated for 410,000 gallons of sewage a day and that had not been a problem on a normal day, where some 80,000 gallons was processed per day.

“But on a rainy day when the storms hit, we could have over a million gallons going to the treatment plant, which would blow it out. So they had constructed bypasses. We had three of them on the downtown area, which we call our CSO.”

Stone said the new project is supposed to separate the storm from the sewer, lay a new sewer through the section of town that didn’t get upgraded in 1964 and tie them together. Stone said on the other side of the street they will install a storm system that will go into the city’s old outfalls of the 1927 system, and that water will then go into the Ohio River.

“The old system is going to be completely separated, and we’re going to have a new system that is basically the 1964 system, a small component of the 1927 system where it wasn’t practical to lay new line, and then they will lay the new line,” Stone said. “It will then be all tied together and go into the sewage plant.”

The funding agencies for the project include the U.S. Department of Housing and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administrative Department and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

“Our completion deadline will be one calendar year, Jan. 1, 2014,” Distel-Wilson said. “But we’re shooting to have it done in September.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com