WB officials push for quicker pace to finish North River Street work

By Jerry Lynott - [email protected]
Wilkes-Barre city officials said Tuesday they told the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority to prod the contractor to pick up the pace on a sewer line installation project that’s taking longer than expected on North River Street. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader file photo

WILKES-BARRE — The end is near for the sewer-line project that has closed a busy section of North River Street for longer than expected.

City Administrator Ted Wampole said the six-week project that’s now going on eight weeks should wrap up by the end of the month.

Wampole was among the city officials who met with representatives of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority on Tuesday at City Hall to push for a resolution soon. “We want them to prod the contractor to pick up the pace,” Wampole said.

WVSA officials said it will take three weeks to get final restoration underway, according to Wampole. Some restoration began Tuesday, he added.

The infrastructure project involving the installation of 30-inch wastewater interceptor line has been delayed due to weather, technical difficulties of pulling new pipe through existing lines and dealing with abandoned underground utility lines. It’s affected travel in the city’s North End with detours and street closings since mid-August.

“We hear it from the residents. We hear it from the businesses,” Wampole said.

A few business owners told the Times Leader they’re suffering because some customers have had a hard time getting to them.

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, which is located at one end of the project, has not had any patients cancel appointments, a spokeswoman said. And emergency vehicles have been able to transport patients to the trauma center and emergency department.

Wilkes-Barre city officials said Tuesday they told the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority to prod the contractor to pick up the pace on a sewer line installation project that’s taking longer than expected on North River Street.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL100918Street-Work4.cmyk_.jpgWilkes-Barre city officials said Tuesday they told the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority to prod the contractor to pick up the pace on a sewer line installation project that’s taking longer than expected on North River Street. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader file photo

By Jerry Lynott

[email protected]

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.