County to brief public on US 13 sewer repair project in Dover

DOVER — Kent County Public Works will conduct several public meetings to explain details of a five-month long, $8.4 million sewer rehabilitation project set for U.S. 13 in Dover. The project is expected to begin next week.

The cause of the problem is an aging 1970s-era concrete sewer pipe that runs under the U.S. 13 median from Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus south to Garden Lane by the Capital Commons shopping center.

Over the past five years the pipe has become an increasingly urgent concern for the public works department.
The hard-to-reach stretch of sewer line developed a crack several years ago, officials said. As a result, a portion of the county’s sewage had to be diverted through the city of Dover’s sewer infrastructure to avoid continuous spilling.

The project will address the issue by slip-lining the entire 2-mile length of force main. With this method, a smaller pipe is slipped inside the damaged pipe to block the break.

The repair is considered a “long-term” fix.
The first public meeting, set for tonight, will be an opportunity for the public to learn about the services being provided, resources and what sort of traffic disruptions to expect, noted county officials. Interested residents can attend at 6 p.m. at the Levy Court Chambers on 555 Bay Road in Dover.
Two follow-up “outreach workshop” presentations will also be offered in room 220 of the Levy Court Administration Building on June 26 at 4 p.m. and at the Delaware Agricultural Museum on 866 N. DuPont Highway in Dover on June 27 at 4 p.m.

All work will be conducted within the median, which organizers hope will minimize traffic disruptions. However, temporary lane closures will be necessary during construction, officials said.
Disruption of sewer service is not anticipated.

For those who can’t attend a workshop, all project information and current updates can be found after Wednesday on the Kent County Website at co.kent.de.us/sewerproject/.

Residents with questions or concerns are advised to email project.outreach@kci.com or call 302-318-1139.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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