Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sewer Line Project Design Could Be Completed Next Year

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sewer Line Project Design Could Be Completed Next Year

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A $3.5 million sewer line project that will eventually bring service to 700 homes in the western portion of Marshall is in its final design stages and could be completed by late next year, said township Manager Neil McFadden.

About 50 people attended a meeting earlier this month where Marshall Township Municipal Sanitary Authority officials explained details of the Big Sewickley Creek Interceptor Project and the immediate effect it will have on residents.

About 90 homes within 250 feet of the line will be required by Allegheny County to connect to the new sewer line at a cost of $7,950 each -- a rate the authority approved in July 2007.

In December, the authority expects to begin the process of securing easements from about 60 of those homeowners. The remaining 30 mandatory connections are located in a development that contains a small sewage treatment facility of its own.

Easements won't be necessary there because sewer lines that will connect those homes to the main line are already in place. The new line will allow that development to bypass the independent treatment facility, said Bill Campbell, the authority's operations director.

Easements will be necessary for another 20 properties that will be affected by construction or contain a manhole, Mr. Campbell said.

Those 20 property owners will not be required to connect to the trunk line because their land is vacant or their homes are more than 250 feet from the line, he added.

Property owners will get paid for the easements at rates comparable to those from recent projects. The authority is expected to offer $3 per foot for full easements, $1.75 a foot for shared easements and $75 for each manhole, Mr. Campbell said.

The authority expects to get the easements it needs by the end of January or early February and will force them through eminent domain when absolutely necessary, Mr. Campbell said.

The Big Sewickley Creek interceptor is the biggest of four projects that will eventually bring sewer service to about 75 percent of the township.

The 27,200-foot, north-to-south main line will follow the north fork of Big Sewickley Creek, down Spang Road and along the portion of the Red Belt also known as Warrendale Bayne Road. …

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