City Moves Forward with $15 Million GEFA Loan
The City Commission voted to accept the $15 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Financing Authority (GEFA) Board of Directors.
At the March 22, 2016, City Commission meeting, a resolution was passed authorizing staff to pursue GEFA loan financing for the rehabilitation of the Eastside and Westside interceptor, large-diameter sanitary sewer mains. The Westside interceptor runs from 8th Avenue to the City of Albany’s Water Pollution Control plant on Joshua Street. The Eastside interceptor runs from Swift Street to Lift Station #26, located south of Oglethorpe Boulevard. Both of these trunk line sewers run parallel to the Flint River and were constructed in the 1950’s. The concrete sewers have deteriorated, primarily as a result of gas erosion and root intrusion. This rehabilitation project will consist of structural repair of the concrete sewer and the installation of a corrosion resistant polymer liner in the reinforced concrete pipe. Plans and specifications were approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
The bid opening is anticipated for March of 2018, with the Notice to Proceed being issued to the contractor in April or May of 2018. A three phase approach will be used to complete the project with total completion projected for December 2020. The loan payments will be made from SPLOST VI and SPLOST VII Sewer Improvement proceeds.
For more information on the sewer system project, please contact Bruce Maples, Director of Engineering at 229.883.6955.