Newton sewer work to begin

Newton Public Works will begin construction today on a sewer main and rehabilitation project set to be completed later this summer.

Public Works officials say the project will replace lines along the 300 block of South College Avenue, the 300 block of South Ashe Avenue and the 500 block of South Cline Avenue in Newton.

Newton Public Works crews, along with subcontractor Ronny Turner Construction Company, will work to replace some 4-inch lines with larger 6-inch lines to provide better quantity and pressure to Newton residents, Martin said.

“They should be addressed before 50 years," he said. "Our whole country is this way and it’s all about having the funding to do it.”

This project in particular will cost a little more than $1.1 million, Martin said.

The project is expected to be complete by July.

Public Works and subcontractors are currently working on a host of other infrastructure projects, including:

• the replacement of a water main on U.S. 70 between Hughey Drive and Boundary Street.

• a water easement and right-of-way project in the Shannonbrook subdivision. That project is expected to be completed by late June.

• a wastewater project at the Burris Road Pump Station that city officials say should reduce raw sewage spills that have cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance and fines since 2004.

Crews are building a new wastewater pumping station and are installing more than 11,000 feet of force main — a project that will require about $1.9 million in work, Martin told The O-N-E last year.