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Posted on: February 15, 2023

Lewiston Public Works Department Announces Sewer Pipe Project

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Lewiston Public Works Department announces sewer pipe project

Process creates minimal street disruption 

Lewiston, ME - The City of Lewiston announced today that it will rehab over seven miles of sewer pipe on portions of nearly 70 streets throughout the City. Lewiston Public Works' Water & Sewer Division (WSD) will manage the project and has chosen a procedure that involves minimal street disruption, can finish project by the end of the day, and ultimately will build new sewer pipes.

Kevin Gagné, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Lewiston explained that municipal sewers are extremely important to help keep the environment safe from flooding, among other things, by safely transporting waste water to the waste water treatment plant. "A municipal sewer pipe is something people barely notice," Gagné said. "We'd like to keep it that way and this project will help us accomplish that by rehabilitating older pipes. Plus, this project allows us to continue to provide to homeowners virtually uninterrupted sewer service."

WSD performs camera inspections to evaluate the condition of the pipe and based on those inspections, WSD will cover a portion of the following streets in this project:

 

ANDROSCOGGIN AVE

ASHMOUNT ST

BAIRD AVE

BARROWS ST

BELLEVIEW AVE

BROOKS AVE

CASSELL ST

CENTRAL AVE

CLAIRE ST

COLLEGE ST

COTE ST

DOW AVE

DREW ST

EAST AVE

EDWARD AVE

EUSTIS ST

FAIR ST

FAIRMOUNT ST

FRANKLIN ST

GAGNE ST

GOOGIN ST

GOULET ST

HALSTEAD TERR

HIGHLAND AVE

HILLMOUNT DR

HOWE ST

LABBE AVE

LEXINGTON ST

LINCOLN DR

LITTLE ST

LOCUST ST

MAIN ST



MARBLE ST

MARK ST

MARTHA AVE

MARTIN DR

MERTON BLVD

MONTELLO ST

MOODY ST

MORNINGSIDE ST

MORRIS AVE

NICHOLS ST

ORANGE ST

ORESTIS WY

PAUL ST

PROSPECT AVE

RICHMOND AVE

ROBERT AVE

ROBINSON GARDENS

ROLAND AVE

ROY ST

SARATOGA ST

SCRIBNER CIR

SHANK ST

SHAWMUT ST

SOUTH AVE

STETSON RD

SUZANNE ST

SWALE LN

THOMPSON ST

WALKER AVE

WEBBER AVE

WELLMAN ST

WESTMINSTER ST

WEYBOSSET ST

WOOD ST

Z XC EASE


WSD chose New England-based company, Insituform, on this project, which involves installing a “cure-in-place” liner inside the existing pipe.  Lining a section of pipe is not only typically done in one day, but also with minimal street disruption. Insituform will be installing the material through manhole openings in the roadways which may lead to minor traffic delays. To know when a project commences, homeowners should look for the big truck that say "Insituform" on its side and Insituform plans to notify homeowners. 

After each sewer pipe is lined, homeowner's sewer services may be partially impacted due wastewater being blocked from entering the sewer. Insituform will promptly reinstate each building sewer service.

In order to prevent any potential sewer back-ups, homeowners are encouraged to reduce water and sewer usage while work is conducted on their street. Contractors will let homeowner know when to stop using water and flushing and when they may resume using water as normal.

On occasion, there may be a "glue like" odor. To reduce the chance of any odors, WSD encourages homeowners to add water to trap in rarely used showers, sinks and floor drains and to check that sewer cleanouts in the basement are capped. 

Public Works expects the project to be completed by May 2023.

If you have any questions or problems the weekday from 8 AM to 3 PM, please call Lewiston Public Works at 207-513-3003 and after hours, please call the Lewiston/Auburn Communications System (LACS) at 207-784-6421.   

 

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