$6.5 million Route 30 sewage project to begin

CHESTER — Work on the long-awaited Route 30 sewage project in the Chester area is expected to begin in a little more than two weeks, according to officials with the Hancock County Public Service District.

In a press release issued Wednesday, the Hancock County PSD will provide public sewer service to the Route 30 area, which will span from Taylors Road to just before the Pennsylvania state line and will branch off of Route 30.

Areas that will receive the sewage service for the first time include Boyce Drive, High Acres Road, Shilling Drive, Zachery Lane, Vine Lane, Aberdeen Road, Persimmon Lane, Fulton Lane, Braddock Lane, Pyramus Road, Deloras Lane, Daybreak Drive, Veterans Boulevard and other surrounding areas.

According to Anita Mahan of the county PSD, the service will be available for those who live outside of Chester city limits.

“Ultimately the city of Chester is receiving the flow from this,” Mahan said. “That’s why they can’t come there because we have to make sure that all the lines are run, and that the connection point with the city is there. It’s going to be connected to two different points.”

The project will cost in excess of $6.5 million, which the funding consists of a $450,000 design grant from the Hancock County Commission, $50,000 from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, $496,133 in Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan forgiveness, and a $5.55 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan.

Paul Ghosh of Ghosh Engineers Inc. will serve as the project’s engineer, while James White Construction will handle construction work. The PSD said White was given notice to proceed on Feb. 20, and construction is anticipated to start March 19.

The project is expected to take 9-12 months to complete.

While Route 30 will remain open throughout the project, Mahan said traffic delays can be expected.

“(Route 30) will always be open, but there may be a lane closed to lay down the sewer lines, but that’s really up to the contractor,” Mahan said. “But I would expect some delays in traffic.”

The Hancock County Commission will cover tap fees for the project, while homeowners and businesses are responsible for the cost of the connection from the sewer tap to the structure. All residents and business owners must tap into the public sewer system, per West Virginia Code.

Prior to connecting into the system, residents and business owners will be required to complete an Application for Service, to which identification will need to be shown at the time of the application. Each customer will be required to put down a $100 security deposit, which will be refunded as long as the customer makes 12 consecutive monthly payments without a delinquency.

Customers will then receive either a Notice of Availability or a Notice of Sewer Services, which then provides the next set of instructions for connections. These will be provided once all lines are connected.

“Once we give them what’s called a Notice of Availablity, they’ll have to wait until we given them that, and then they can tap into the sewer,” Mahan said.

Residents and business owners can fill out the Applications for Service 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Hancock County PSD Office, located at 1205 North Chestnut St., New Cumberland.

The county PSD will provide more information throughout construction efforts.