Update heard on Weirton sewer project

WEIRTON — Officials with the Weirton Sanitary Board expect to have plans finalized for the proposed Crystal Lane sewer project sometime in February.

Jesse Alden of the Thrasher Group reported they have been finalizing some of the preparations for the project, which would see an existing lift station replaced with a gravity line.

“We sent our camera crew to try and find the elusive manholes,” he said, explaining there are two manholes reportedly near the Harmon Creek Road and U.S. Route 22 interchange.

Crews have been unable to find the manholes, though, forcing some changes in the initial plans.

Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni explained part of the issue may stem from when the highway was constructed, noting parts of the sewer lines were planned at 32 feet deep.

Instead, Alden believes they will be able to run a line from Crystal Lane, down toward the Harmon Creek area and tie in to the system at a different location where the lines run closer to the surface.

“I think this is a better option anyway,” he said.

Alden said a final set of plans for the project should be complete by next month.

The project has been discussed by the board during the last several months, with officials noting business and residential growth in the Three Springs Drive area of the city.

In other business, the sanitary board approved:

¯ A resolution for repairs to a trackhoe at a cost of up to $2,500.

¯ A resolution to replace the motor on the Ebara water pump.

¯ Approved the sanitary employees’ holiday pay calendar.

The board’s next meeting is set for Feb. 15