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November 7, 2013

City of Stillwater will break ground on sewer project Monday

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Utilities Authority plans to start improving some of city of Stillwater’s sewer lines shortly.

The West College Sewer Project has been on the city’s radar for some time, said Stillwater Water Utilities Engineer Brandon Neal. Neal said it’s a project that needs to be done.

A rate increase passed many years ago will fund the approximately $2.4 million project. Neal said the rate increase has allowed the Stillwater Utilities Authority to save enough money to begin the project.

The city of Stillwater contracted McGwire Brothers Construction of Tulsa to work on the sewer project, Neal said. He said the project should get under way soon.

“I checked in with (the contractor),” Neal said. “They are still planning to be out there Monday; they will break ground Monday between Monroe (Street) and Jefferson (Street) on Fourth Avenue.”

The West College Sewer project will be replacing old, aging and broken sewer lines, Neal said.

The city is also looking to move sewer lines out of people’s yards and away from State Highway 51.

The project will extend from Jefferson Street and Walnut Street to Fourth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, and will affect approximately 11 city blocks. Neal said the contractors and the city are working to prevent as many inconveniences as possible.

Neal said there will be times the city will have to close streets and certain blocks for possibly two or three weeks.

The contractor is supposed to bring an idea for traffic control with its plans for construction, too, Neal said.

Neal said the city is asking for patience from Stillwater residents. He said although it may cause inconvenience for some people for a week or two, it will help alleviate headaches of sewage problems for approximately 50 years.

“I would ask citizens for patience,” Neal said. “I know digging holes and taking away driveways and street parking is hard on people, but we will be working as quickly as possible to get in and get out.”

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