New sewer, water lines on north side to open ground for development

Ceremonial groundbreaking for new sewer and water lines along U.S.-24 north of Huntington on Tuesday, May 28. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Construction is set to begin in mid-June on a million-dollar project that will open to development some 450 acres north of Huntington.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Tuesday, May 28, to signal the start of the project.

New sewer and water lines will be installed along the north side of U.S.-24 from Parkview Huntington Hospital to Carlisle Crossing. Crews from Ironclad Excavating, of Roanoke, are installing the lines and will bore under U.S-24 at Stults Road to make connections with existing lines.

Sewer lines going out Guilford Street to the Carlisle Crossing area are now at capacity, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters says, necessitating the need for additional lines.

The project will take 10 to 12 weeks to complete, says Michael Geiger, of Ironclad Excavating.

This is the second major sewer project in Huntington to hit the construction phase this summer.

Construction began May 20 on a new sewer and recreational trail that will extend from Frederick Street, near Elmwood Park, to the Riverfront Plaza parking lot on Jefferson Street. That project will take a year to complete.

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Assisting in the ceremonial groundbreaking for new sewer and water lines along U.S.-24 north of Huntington on Tuesday, May 28, are (from left) Huntington Common Council members Jack Slusser and Joe Blomeke; Kirk Strass, superintendent of the Huntington water pollution control department; Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters; Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services; Bryn Keplinger, assistant director of the Huntington County Department of Community Development; Justin Geiger and Jenny Geiger, of Ironclad Excavating, which will be installing the lines; council member Jim Long; Art Ehinger, the city's technical services consultant for water and wastewater; and Michael Geiger, of Ironclad Excavating.