WEST STOCKBRIDGE -- A $1.2 million sewer expansion, in the municipal pipeline for almost two years, is underway.
The project will expand the town's municipal sewer to sections of Albany, Swamp, Stockbridge and Lenox Roads, Pomeroy Avenue and Washington Square Road, according to Doug Davis, chairman of the West Stockbridge Sewer and Water Commission.
In all, about 62 homes will be connected, said Town Administrator Mark Webber.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan/grant package will cover the cost of the project, said Webber.
This includes a loan for about $914,000 and a grant of $304,000. The loan is for 39 years at an annual interest rate of 2.5 percent.
The project, Webber said, essentially completes the initial municipal plan, drawn up 25 years ago, to connect most of the town to a municipal sewer.
"This project takes us to the limit of practical density and gravity," he said. "There will be no pumping involved."
The project does not trigger a need for any additional space at the town's wastewater treatment plant, Webber said.
Davis said that residents along the affected roads will face relatively minor travel inconveniences during the construction work.
Maxymilian Construction won the contract with a low bid of $767,848. The remainder of the costs involved are engineering and planning expenses, Webber said.
He said voters at a special town meeting in February 2013 unanimously approved the funding package.
The work is expected to be substantially completed by June 20.
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