New York’s West Seneca set to upgrade 92,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains

(UI) — The Buffalo News reports that the state of New York-mandated sewage restoration project in West Seneca is about to start one of its most extensive phases.

This important project intends to solve a number of issues related to sewage backup into basements and overflow into waterways. But the two concerned sewage districts will pay a price for carrying out this undertaking.

A total of 92,000 linear feet of sanitary sewage mains, some of which have a diameter of 36 inches or more, will be lined during the future operation. In addition, this project will involve the renovation of about 380 manholes.

The town of West Seneca has already spent almost $17 million upgrading decaying sewage lines in compliance with a consent decree from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The town is required under the consent order, which was first put in place in 2004 and revised in 2008, to fix sewage overflows into Cazenovia Creek and take control of private stormwater infiltration and groundwater infiltration into the sewer system.

Although the initial cost estimate for this specific phase was roughly $6 million, the actual costs have more than doubled that amount. The Cleveland-based United Survey Inc. submitted the lowest proposal, which the Town Board recently authorized at $15,191,650.

Supervisor Gary Dickson told Buffalo News that residents of the impacted regions should prepare for higher costs. For instance, the owner of a typical $60,000 home may anticipate paying $75 every year for the next thirty years to settle the bond needed for this effort.

The actual cost of the sewer rehabilitation project in West Seneca may vary depending on the assessed value of individual properties. Supervisor Gary Dickson mentioned that the expenses could be either higher or lower, contingent upon the value assigned to each property.

Furthermore, Dickson expressed optimism regarding the potential reduction in costs if the town successfully obtains grants. As part of his proposal, he suggested allocating $1 million from the American Rescue Plan funds towards this endeavor. Additionally, West Seneca will be submitting applications for state grants to further support the project.

He emphasized the significance of this initiative, stating that once completed, it will undeniably improve the lives of the community members by addressing the prevalent issues caused by the existing sewer system.

According to Dickson, the project in districts 5 and 13 affects approximately 75% of the town's sewage users and the majority of the town north of Route 400.

The project, which is expected to begin later this year, is estimated to be finished in roughly 18 months.

The municipality will ask the DEC if it may take some time after this phase to study its impacts and determine if the following two phases are cost-effective even if there are two more scheduled, according to Dickson.

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