WEIRTON - Weirton Sanitary Board crews are turning their attention back to the East Weirton project.
Weirton Sanitary Board officials said crews headed back out to complete the East Weirton project earlier this month in hopes of completing the project in the coming weeks barring any more unforeseen emergency situations.
Since November 2011, the project has been placed on hold several times in order to address a hillside slip on State Street after a surface water line, two sewer water lines and a manhole were put out of commission and then again in March to stabilize a sewer line in an undeveloped part of the city.
Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni said the last leg of the East Weirton project will be completed this year. He said it has seemed like the project has been going on for quite some time, but considering the size of the project and interference because of funding problems and then other pressing matters, the board feels the most complicated parts of the project are out of the way and the last eight houses should be hooked into the system soon.
Mastrantoni reported the project was in good shape and the money they have should be sufficient to complete the work. He said the project will provide 28 homes in and near East Weirton, just past Colliers and along the Pennsylvania state line, with water and sewer service.
"These 28 homes have suffered a long history without sewer or water service," he said. "It will be good to see this project completed after all this time and our guys have done a fantastic job."
A new manhole was established earlier this month and Sanitary Board officials estimate the project will be complete within a month or two.
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