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Linglestown Gazette: Sewer repairs proposed in Linglestown

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sewer repairs proposed in Linglestown

Lower Paxton Township is doing preliminary planning to replace old sewer pipes in areas of Linglestown that will be affected by the square improvement project.

Replacing aging sewer lines during road construction projects is a common practice to avoid having to rip up newly paved streets to make repairs.

The township sewer authority is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to authorize engineering work for replacing the lines. CLICK HERE to review the meeting agenda.

The main area recommended for new lines is along Linglestown Road from Balthaser Street to the pumping station located just west of a driveway that goes to St. Thomas United Church of Christ. Small sections of sewer pipe on Blackberry Lane and Blue Mountain Parkway also have been earmarked for replacement.

The estimated cost for repairing all areas is over $500,000, according to the township's consulting engineer.

If the project is approved, work to replace the sewer pipes would likely begin in March 2008, said Bill Weaver, who heads the township's sewer department.

Planned repairs to the sewer system throughout the township are expected to cause user rates to double over the next 20 years. The current residential rate is $95 per quarter.

Pictured is the pump station located along Linglestown Road just east of the village. Sewage periodically overflows at the station due to stormwater leaking into old sewer lines. Wastewater from the Linglestown area is processed at a plant in Swatara Township near Hummelstown.


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