In early March, we attended the 31st Ward Community Action Meeting to discuss an upcoming sewer project, the 31st Ward Sewer Reconstruction Project, that will upgrade sewer infrastructure and remove some combined sewer connections that tax the sewer system. PWSA’s project team, consisting of Project Managers Manda Metzger and Toby Stutzman, as well as Construction Communications Project Manager Mora McLaughlin, presented the plans to residents and answered questions about the project’s impacts.
The work will be mainly comprised of sewer lining, a process that rehabilitates the sewer by inserting a resin liner through existing sewer manholes and curing it to the inside of the pipe to repair any cracks or structural issues with the sewer. This will prolong the life of sewers in the area without having to complete costly and disruptive full sewer replacements. Crews will also be installing new storm drains in the area to better collect stormwater runoff as well as raising manholes that have been covered by asphalt or growth over the years.
In addition to work happening in the 31st Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, we will be completing a similar sewer project, the Small Diameter Sewer Reconstruction Project, in the Carrick neighborhood of the city, involving sewer lining, storm drain installation, and manhole raising. These two projects combine to result in an over $5 million investment in the two neighborhoods.