City of Newburgh Outlines New Phase of $40 Million Sewer Project To Start In Spring of 2018
By Michael Lebron,
Newburgh residents gathered at the city’s Heritage Center for a briefing and Q & A about work for an upcoming phase of the Sewer Separation Project, led by Jason Morris, the city engineer, and Anthony Egan, the managing engineer of Barton & Loguidice, the private contractor. As this phase of the project affects sections of Liberty, Grand, Montgomery and Clinton in the city’s 4th Ward, Karen Mejia, the ward’s city councilperson, was also present to provide valuable input.
Currently, both storm runoff and sanitary are directed into one sewer system., This has caused overflow into the Hudson River during storms. Deteriorating lines have also increased the number and cost of repairs. The city entered into a consent agreement with the NY State DEC to correct these problems, and must comply within a 15 year period under State oversight that includes specific milestone markers or suffer financial penalties. Funding for the $4M project comes from a combination of grants and loans at 0% interest from the NY State Environmental Facilities Corporation.
Anthony said that the contractor wanted to keep lines of communication with the community transparent and open in order to minimize the disruption that the work will cause. Though there will be temporary lane and road closures, and driveways will be blocked attimes, road access will otherwise be available during construction. All disturbed sidewalks and paved areas would be restored to their prior condition or better.
Preservation of historic bricks that pave some of these streets was a concern at past City Hall meetings. Anthony assured everyone that they will be saved at the DPW for placement in a new paving scheme.
Before dashing off to her next meeting, Karen concluded by saying that “Many of our neighbors get their drinking water from the Hudson River and we cannot continue to pollute their source of life. Therefore it is important that we separate our storm waters and sewer lines. In the same fashion we are holding the Department of Defense accountable for polluting our drinking water supply we must also do the same.”
Work is to begin in March of 2018, and it is scheduled to be complete by August.