The engineer for Auburn’s new downtown sewer project had good news for the city council last week. Paul Simonton of P.C. Simonton and Associates in Greensboro said construction costs have plummeted with the economy; so the $1 million the city is investing in sewer infrastructure downtown will go farther – literally.
North of Hwy. 8, the sewer line along 4th Avenue will now go from Mount Moriah Road all of the way to Hawthorne instead of stopping at 9th Street. And an additional line will be installed along 5th Avenue for service to the library and a future restroom facility at the Roy E. Parks Children’s Park.
South of Hwy. 8, a line will be added along Church Street. That line will tie into an existing sewer line behind the Layer Landing retail center and will be extended to 7th Street.
The target date for the start of the sewer project is late July. Construction should take about six months.
The $1 million project will provide service to existing businesses and also to future businesses.
Simonton said during the April 16 work session that the news could get even better if the project receives federal stimulus funding. It is on the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority’s “intended use plan” of potential stimulus projects, but needs to be moved to the agency’s “fundable project list,” he said.
“If we do that, you’ll get a million-dollar project for $300,000,” he said.