Austintown Twp. project to seal pipes in phases
By Elise Franco
The Mahoning County sanitary engineer is putting more than $1 million into a two-phase pipe-sealing project in the township.
Bill Coleman, office manager for the sanitary engineer’s office, said the first phase of the project, which will cost about $365,000, is for the Wickliffe neighborhood in Austintown.
Coleman said beginning in the next week or two, workers will seal and grout the sanitary storm lines in the Wickliffe area, which is bordered by Four Mile Run Road, Raccoon Road on the west and Mahoning Avenue on the south.
The second phase should cost about $855,000. Both phases of the project are paid for through existing sanitary-sewer fees, he said.
Coleman said phase two should begin sometime this summer, and the project should be finished by fall.
“The process allows us to rehab existing lines without tearing them up,” he said.
Coleman said a plastic-like liner will be inserted into the pipes. It will then be injected and expand, filling the gaps and sealing any leaks.
“The advantages to something like this is fewer disruptions to people in relation to digging,” he said. “Initially, in this first phase, we’ll be doing about 8,100 feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer lines.”
Coleman said this method is much more efficient and less intrusive to residents.
“The other option would be digging up and replacing the pipe,” he said. “In this area in particular, which is really a key factor, these sewers are in the rear of the properties making it virtually impossible.”
Trustee Lisa Oles said without the help of the sanitary engineer’s office this much-needed project could not be done.
“We have some antiquated infrastructure in the Wickliffe area, and we feel fortunate they’re going to upgrade a lot of it,” she said. “With the limited amount of funds we have in our budget ... we would just not have any money to tackle this type of project.”
Oles said she knows of other parts of the township that would benefit from the same type of work.
Coleman said the work is a continuation of the department’s capital improvement program to rehabilitate and update sanitary systems in the county.
He said the age and condition of those pipe lines in Austintown contributed to the decision to do work there.
“It’s generally dictated by the age of the system and history of infiltration inflow issues,” he said. “We are trying to target those areas where we believe the greatest concentration of inflow and infiltration are.”