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Town of Georgetown set to upgrade aging water lines

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The Town of Georgetown is set to begin a major waterline upgrade.

 

 

The four main streets that feed into Georgetown need to be repaved. 

But before that happens - Delaware’s Department of Transportation (DelDOT) told Mayor Bill West the town needs to upgrade 63 water main lines along portions of North and South Bedford Streets and East and West Market Streets.:

“And what that means is - cutting the road and going down and putting a new saddle on the water lines and then running the water lines to new control boxes in nearby houses," said Mayor Bill West. "So we’ve got 63 of them that need to be done before they’ll repave the streets.”

Dover-based Teal Construction is handling the job for just over $1.6 million, but that low bid is still an estimated $413,000 more than the project’s full forgiveness loan from the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

 

Mayor West says the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund allocated just over $1.2 million for the project.

West says to keep the project on track, he and the Council voted unanimously to make up the difference through the Town’s Realty Transfer Tax Account.

Work is expected to start in late March or early April and it’s expected to cause some traffic delays.

West says the water main lines being replaced date back to the 1940’s.