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Progress being made on State Street sewage project

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@h-ponline.com

Work is underway for the sixth of nine projects for the City of Huntington’s long-term combined sewage overflow (CSO) program.

Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services, said work on the State Street portion of the project has been proceeding for the past two months and is expected to be completed closer to the end of the year.

The project aims to separate combined sanitary and storm sewer lines, which may overflow during periods of heavy rain.

All CSO communities are required to implement a long-term plan to reduce or eliminate discharges from CSOs due to overflowed systems discharging untreated sewage into rivers and streams, according to the Indiana Department of Enviornmental Management (IDEM).

The plans will be in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy, which was established in 1994 in an effort to promote communities to meet the Clean Water Act. The EPA’s website states 860 communities across the country are served by combined sewer systems.

The EPA notes most communities which have CSO problems tend to have populations of 10,000 or less.

Goodnight said sections of State Street will be closed one block at a time as pipes are put in the ground.

“There is a short detour that goes around,” he said. “Local traffic will always have access to their houses and the Boys and Girls Club down there.”

Once the State Street project is completed, a new outfall will be located at Lee Street near the river with the second being located east of Briant Street.

The State Street project is one of two currently being worked on, according to Goodnight, with the other project involving work at the sewer plant.

Goodnight noted the remaining three projects are not anticipated to be completed until 2026.