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June 25, 2007

Meadow Creek sewer line replacement expected to cost $19.2 million

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      RWSA Chief Engineer Jennifer Whitaker (right) and Frederico Maisch (left) of Greeley and Hansen present to the RWSA Board

At the June 25, 2007 meeting of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) Board of Directors, a consultant presented recommendations on how to best replace the more than fifty year old Meadow Creek Sewer Interceptor.  As was recently reported in the C-Ville Weekly, the inadequacy of this sewer line is one of the reasons for the delay of the Albemarle Place development.  It is also one of the reasons water and sewer rates have been increased in the City and County.  According to the staff report, the Meadow Creek Interceptor "was placed into service in the mid-1950s and currently serves the northern and eastern portions of the City of Charlottesville, bordering County neighborhoods, and the University of Virginia Sports and Arts Precincts."

Frederico Maisch of Greeley and Hansen told the Board that they should replace the four mile sewer line in its existing location and increase the sewer pipe diameter from 36" to 42" at its widest point.  The preliminary cost estimate for this project is $19.2 million.

20070625rwsa01 Tom Frederick, RWSA's Executive Director, received authorization from the Board to hire Hansen and Greeley to commence engineering design work in a contract worth $1.3 million.  The project is part of RWSA's capital budget approved in March 2007, however at the time only $13.4 million was budgeted for the interceptor's replacement.  The RWSA board will revisit the funding situation in early 2008.  Construction would start in September 2008 and be completed by the end of 2009.

Later this year, the RWSA Board will receive information on the costs related to the upgrade of the Moore's Creek Interceptor which will service the proposed 3,100 home Biscuit Run development south of Charlottesville in Albemarle County.

Brian Wheeler

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