Pittsford water project almost completeBy Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | November 11,2011Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Work is done on water lines on Route 7 in Pittsford on Wednesday.PITTSFORD — The final stage of a two-year, $4.7 million project that improved the water distribution system in Pittsford, connected the Pittsford and Florence systems and installed new meters is nearing completion. The project contractors will complete work in the village within the next two weeks.
Town Manager John Haverstock said the project contractor, Markowski Excavating, began work on Wednesday to upgrade the service system in the village and parts of Route 7.
“They are just improving the infrastructure that helps give service to the residents in the village,” Haverstock said. “It feels good to close the end of the project.”
Work on the project began in October 2009. Haverstock said no work on the project has been completed this year following several delays in construction, including Tropical Storm Irene.
The project, funded by a $2.6 million, 30-year loan and a $2,115,100 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was divided into three stages that included connecting the Pittsford and Florence water systems, improve an under-serviced section on Route 7 from the gas station to the Rowe Apartments, and installing state-of-the-art meters in all homes.
“Now we have a backup system that is adequate to feed the town,” Haverstock said. “We used to flat bill users because the meters did not work.”
The last stage of the work in the village was not included in the initial project, but was recommended in the project’s engineering study, Haverstock said. It is being funding by some left over money from the USDA grant.
“How these grants work is that if you can make it related to the mission of the project and it is mention in the initial planning, which it was, then the money can be used,” he said.
The town is also working to complete a $1.9 million sewer project that looks to keep stormwater and groundwater out of the sewer. According to Haverstock, the sewer project, which calls for replacement of sewer lines on Arch Street and replacing a 40-year-old pump station on Elm Street, is about “three-fourths complete.”
“By replacing the sewer line and the pump station on Elm Street, we will have addressed several infiltration issues,” Haverstock said. “We will have a better running system.”
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