Major sewer line to get upgrade

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Aug. 23—HIGH POINT — One of High Point's primary sewer pipelines is slated for a major upgrade.

The City Council has approved the $18.2 million replacement of a portion of the Richland Creek Outfall, which carries 5 million gallons of waste a day.

Crews will replace a 1.1-mile, above-ground section of 48-inch steel pipe on concrete piers. This portion of the gravity line — which runs along Richland Creek to the Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant — is more than 40 years old and in poor condition, with more than 100 leaks identified in recent inspections.

"As we find them, we make the repairs as quickly as possible, to limit any spills," said Derrick Boone, the city's assistant director of public services. "We have more and more maintenance issues with that outfall, so we've been pushing hard to get it replaced."

Only the 16 steel "aerial" sections of the Richland Creek Outfall will be replaced. The rest of the line, which is about 3.5 miles long, is underground concrete pipe, Boone said.

The council awarded a $16.3 million construction contract to Garney Companies of Raleigh. The project is estimated to cost a total of $18.2 million, with contract administration and contingency funds included, according to the city.

The project has been in High Point's long-range plans for several years. The city plans to use water and sewer revenue bonds to finance the construction.

Boone said the city's goal is for the project to start as soon as possible, depending on the availability of steel pipe and other construction materials.

Richland Creek Outfall receives wastewater from several smaller collection lines from the southeast side of High Point and the southern portion of the downtown area.

It's one of two major sewer lines that feed the Eastside treatment plant. The other is Deep River Outfall.

The city's three other major outfall lines convey sewage to the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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