USA

Upgrades planned for a critical length of DC-area sewer pipe

Plans are underway to design a project that will upgrade part of a massive sewer line serving portions of Northern Virginia and Maryland.

About 600 feet of D.C. Water’s Potomac Interceptor will be rehabilitated along the historic Potomac Heritage Trail.

It carries sewage from Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia and from Montgomery County in Maryland — on a path ultimately ending at the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant in Southwest D.C.

The line is 65 feet underground and ranges in size from 54 inches (4.5 feet) to 78 inches (6.5 feet).

Upgrading the 60-year-old line will involve either a permanent or temporary diversion of the pipe to ensure continuity of service.

The part of the plan currently underway is setting up a stakeholder outreach program to get the community involved in helping shape the project’s path forward.

The project design should be set by 2021. Then, when work begins, “construction will be methodically scheduled to reduce impact on neighboring communities and a popular regional park,” according to a statement from Ulliman Schutte/Brown and Caldwell. D.C. Water hired them to provide design, engineering and construction services for the project.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2020 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Football news:

Barcelona announced Suarez's move to Atletico
Barcelona will receive 2 million euros for the transfer of Suarez in the seasons when Atletico reaches the 1/4 finals of the Champions League
Chelsea's newcomers came off in the League Cup: Havertz scored a hat-trick (the first of his career), Chilwell an assist, Silva played an hour
Manchester United will lose 139.39 million pounds if the Premier League season is held without spectators - the most in the League
Ruediger - Barcelona's priority transfer target
Arsenal have won 6 matches in a row
Inter midfielder vesino is In talks with Napoli. He was offered to Zenit