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Sewer project: Most work on track; some road resurfacing behind

John M. Steiner / The Sun Workers stand Tuesday at the bottom of a 32-foot hole in the ground at the site of the new lift station in downtown Jamestown.1 / 2
John M. Steiner / The Sun Workers pre-tie rebar wall cages Tuesday for the construction of the new lift station in downtown Jamestown.2 / 2

The Jamestown sanitary sewer project is partially behind schedule, but still making progress, said Darrell Hournbuckle, project engineer for Interstate Engineering.

The sewer pipe work and lift station construction are on schedule to be completed in February, which was its original target date to finish, Hournbuckle said.

But due to recent rain, some of the road resurfacing is behind schedule and may have to be done in the spring, he said. Those areas will be temporarily covered in gravel over the winter.

The road resurfacing occurs after streets have been excavated and sewer pipes have been completely installed.

There are a few warmer days forecast for the next few weeks that could be enough time to get back on track with resurfacing, Hournbuckle said.

“We’ve got a good shot at it,” he said.

Hournbuckle said he hopes Second Avenue Northeast will be open to traffic by the end of this week.

The completed $9 million Jamestown sanitary sewer project will reroute waste from several lift stations near the James River in northwest Jamestown directly to the main lift station located at the east end of Business Loop East.

Work on lift station No. 9, in the Jamestown Business Center parking lot, is still on schedule, Hournbuckle said.

Workers had poured about half of the concrete necessary for underground work on the lift station by Tuesday.

After the lift station’s underground concrete work is done, construction on the above-ground structure will begin, scheduled to end in February.

The actual lift station will be about 40 by 30 feet, but the hole in the Business Center parking lot is about 100 by 200 feet so that workers can dig deep enough for dewatering wells and underground construction.

The old lift station No. 9 structure is still intact and will probably not be demolished until next spring, after the new lift station has been running for a while, Hournbuckle said.

Once lift station No. 9 is complete, it will be two stories, and a portion of Jamestown’s sewage will be routed there before reaching the main lift station, to make the process easier on the city’s southside sewer pipes.

Between the piping, lift station construction and road resurfacing, many workers from out of town and out of state have been in Jamestown on the project.

“About two weeks ago we had 56 workers in town,” Hournbuckle said.

Interstate Engineering has fielded some complaints about the road work, Hournbuckle said. Some areas have had a three-week delay on resurfacing due to the weather, he said.

He hasn’t received many calls from people asking about which roads are closed, though, because the community seems to be utilizing www.jamestownsewer, which provides complete and timely updates of the project’s construction.

The website has had about 500 visitors, Hournbuckle said.

Interstate Engineering has also provided local media with timely updates on the project.

Sun reporter Charly Haley can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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