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Sewer line project may delay traffic

BY BECCA SCHIMMEL rschimmel@paducahsun.com

Drivers near Paducah Middle School next month may encounter delays as a result of a sewer construction project in the Wallace Park area.

Construction will start within two weeks, said John Hodges, executive director of the Paducah-McCracken County Joint Sewer Agency (JSA). Some 9,000 feet of sewer pipe will be installed as part of a $5 million project to separate waste water from storm water.

The new underground line will be used for waste water only. The current line will continue to carry storm water.

Some delays can be expected on Jackson Street, Wallace Lane, Cedar Lane, Sycamore Drive, Forest Circle, Ridgewood Avenue, Hilldale Road and Beyer Lane, Hodges said. 

The new sewer line will affect only a portion of Paducah. Most residents will continue to rely on the old system, which has storm water and waste water flowing together into the water treatment plant before draining into the river.

"It is a very complex project; it is a very time consuming project, but we have to do it," Hodges said.

Newer and stricter regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency caused the JSA to take steps toward the elimination of all combined sewers.

This is the last phase of the project and is expected to continue through February.

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