Henning sewer construction project underway [UPDATED]Published 9:11am Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Updated 11:11am Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Phase 1 of a two-part sewer and water line construction project in Henning is moving along on schedule, according to the project’s inspector.
Project inspector Justin Johnson from the firm Ulteig said Phase 1, the smaller portion of the project, is expected to be completed by Nov. 1. Phase 2 does not have a set due date, but Johnson said the entire project is expected to be finished by Oct. 1, 2014.
“Talking with a lot of the homeowners recently, they’re fairly happy about it,” Johnson said. “No one’s expressed any dissatisfaction.”
Lead engineer Brian Hiles said the total project cost will come in at just under $4 million. State funding will account for just over $1.5 million of the drinking water portion of the project but will not cover any of the clear water parts of the project. This will put the taxpayer portion of the project at about $2.4 million, which Hiles said will be made up of low-interest loans.
Johnson said much of the work done so far has been underground. Fergus and Marshall avenues in Henning are under construction and road access is extremely limited. But property owners on the two roads have still been able to get to and from their homes.
Johnson said much of the rest of this year’s work will be devoted to connecting lines from properties to the main system.
Fergus and Marshall are the only two streets being worked on as part of Phase 1. Originally, three other city streets were to be part of Phase 1, but Johnson said the contractor requested to hold off until next year.
Street improvement is also part of the project and crews will be replacing asphalt, curbs and gutters on streets throughout the city during both phases of the project.
Henning Mayor Jim Hermanson said planning for the project has been going on for years, but funding has failed to come through in the past.
“Now we were able to put together a package that worked pretty good for us,” Hermanson said. “The money came together at the right time.”
The state portion of the funding came through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority in the form of principal forgiveness.
The sewer system in Henning has been due for an upgrade for some time. Johnson said some of the original clay tile pipes were first put in place in the 1940s. PVC pipes are being used in the new project.
Hermanson said there have been several recent instances of ground water leaking into the sewer system. He said Henning residents have long been frustrated with the city’s sewer system.
“We’ve also had a lot of water main breaks in the winter,” Hermanson said. “The two entities are very old, so it was just in need of replacement.”
Johnson said Phase 2 will begin next year whenever the weather allows teams to get back on the roads.