Sewer project will cost less, city council learns

Construction costs for a sewer project in Huntington can be reduced by about $16 million, the Huntington Common Council learned on Tuesday, June 11.

In addition, the revisions will make the sewer less expensive to operate and maintain - with an estimated savings of $4.3 million over 20 years.

Representatives of Greeley and Hansen, an engineering firm headquartered in Chicago, IL, gave the news to council members.

"We have identified some very large savings," said Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the city.

Construction costs will be reduced by eliminating a lift station and moving sewage to the treatment plant by a gravity feed instead.

The project includes the construction of two sewer interceptors. The Frederick Street sewer interceptor is now under construction, and a second line will be built in the north side of the city. Both are intended to stop raw sewage from flowing into area streams.

The construction cost, initially estimated at $79 million, will be reduced to about $63 million with the changes.