By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — TICONDEROGA — Rebuilding a damaged wastewater pipe and its trestle will be a safety priority in Ticonderoga’s upgrade of its sewage-treatment facility.
The huge pipe is on a trestle that crosses the LaChute River to access the Town Wastewater Treatment Plant on Montcalm Street.
Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said replacing the rusted pipe welds and parts will be about $100,000 of the total project cost of $300,000.
“The work will repair the pipe welds and have the trestle rebuilt,” she said. “The welds on the trestle were compromised.”
The town already paid $14,000 to have the pipe repaired temporarily, Malaney said.
“We had a quick fix to hold us until the project starts later this year," she said. "It will be done by winter. The pipe is on a bridge trestle, and it needs to be rewelded.”
She said that, if the trestle were to break or the pipe split, it could be catastrophic.
“All the effluent from the town goes through that pipe, (which) dates from the 1970s.”
AES Northeast of Plattsburgh did the engineering work for the project, Malaney said.
Carl Schroeder, a structural engineer who is a consultant for the Essex County Department of Public Works, is also assisting, she said.
“The structural engineer said a potentially dangerous situation was averted. It’s an emergency situation, so it won’t go to bid. We’ll get estimates.”
She said the pipe and trestle get regular inspections, which were stepped up after concerned citizens told them the pipe looked bad.
“An engineer has checked on it previously. It’s inspected every year.”
Equipment at the sewer plant is also getting upgraded in the project, she said.
“We are going to bond for up to $300,000 for the entire project.”
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