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New sewer line problem on the rise

Projest to put East Weirton on back burner

March 17, 2012
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Weirton Sanitary Board staff members will be heading out into the woods over the coming weeks to address a new problem with a sewer line which will, once again, put the East Weirton project on the back burner.

Kevin Board, assistant utilities director for the sanitary board, said crews were set to mobilize in East Weirton, but after a walk-through of the city's sewer lines, an issue concerning a main line in some wooded undeveloped area behind North 24th Street that extends to the Get Togethers picnic grounds property has become a top priority.

Board said the line is encased in cement and is hanging in mid-air 30 feet above a ravine a few hundred feet into the wooded area. He said there used to be a land bridge but as a result of heavy rains, it appears to have been washed away since the last time employees did a walk-through check of the lines last winter.

"There is a crack in the concrete but there is no leak as of yet," he said.

Collection System Foremen Larry Dearth said the effort to restabilize the line would not be a small task. He said he could get some of the equipment used for restabilization to the site, but getting to the line is another thing.

Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni said there are approximately 450 to 500 structures serviced by the line and while the board doesn't have a plan as of yet how to address the problem, he and staff will be scoping the terrain trying to come up with an answer.

The Sanitary Board is set to meet again on April 12 at 3:30 p.m. at 5000 Freedom Way, Weirton in the Sanitary Board Room.

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