ELIZABETHTOWN — Residents in the town of Elizabethown have been finding their commutes and favorite routes of travel slowed periodically in the past week due to work on the town’s sewer lines.
The project is part of a major sewer upgrade and rehabilitation project in the downtown area. Town Manager Eddie Madden said on Wednesday morning that the cost of the project is about $795,640 and the project is about 40 percent complete as of Wednesday.
Madden said the project is Phase 4 of the town’s inflow and infiltration project.
“This project is for the purpose of correcting several deficiencies to the Town’s sewer infrastructure,” reads a press release from the town. The areas that will see construction are as follows:
— Daisy Street – sewer line replacement.
— Subway/Food Lion – replace a crossing of a major sewer line under NC Highway 87.
— Owen Street, Slingsby Street, Pine Street and Martin Luther King Drive area – each street will get a new line installed. The old line that is located under existing buildings has failed and will be abandoned.
— Newton Street – sewer line rehabilitation and manhole replacement.
— Gilmon Street and Blanche Street -sewer line rehabilitation and replacement.
— Doctor’s Drive – sewer line replacement.
— South Poplar, Court Street, King Street and Cypress Street – new sewer lines installed in street and abandonment of an old sewer main under buildings.
— NC Highway 87 East – sewer line rehabilitation from Lower Street to Rollins Street and at Willis Street.
— Allen Street and Byrd Street – sewer line rehabilitation.
— Scout Lane – re-route sewer main.
— Woodhouse Street – replace one block of sewer main that has degraded and is in need of repair.
Crews were hard at work on a section of Slingsby Street that runs between the Elizabethtown fire Department and the Public Works building. That section of the street was temporarily closed to motorists as crews made the necessary repairs.
In some cases, the new sewer line will need to be relocated and will require property owners to employ a local plumber to connect to the new service, according to a release sent out by the town.
Folks with questions regarding the project are asked to contact Public Works Director Pat DeVane at 910-862-2035.
—Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.