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Lift station work begins in northwest Jamestown

Excavation work began on the lift station near the tennis courts Tuesday, according to Darrell Hournbuckle, project engineer with Interstate Engineering. The work will require closing 3rd Avenue Northwest for approximately four weeks.

The work is part of a $9 million construction project that improved sanitary sewer lines and lift stations to give the city system more capacity to handle water infiltrating into the sewer system during flooding. Flooding in 2009, 2010 and 2011 resulted in excess water entering the sewer system through leaky underground pipes. This overloaded the system of lift stations to the point raw sewage was pumped directly into the river to prevent backups of sewage into homes.

The upgrade project was scheduled for completion in February.

“Work got held up because of the cold weather,” Hournbuckle said.

Along with work on the lift station at the tennis courts, work continues on the lift station at the Jamestown Business Center.

“They are working on the electrical system on the interior,” he said. “The exterior work will include asphalt and brick work when the weather allows.”

Hournbuckle estimates the operational completion, the point where the equipment is working to specifications, of the upgrades to  the sanitary sewer system to be  in late April or early May. Exterior work including asphalt for streets and parking lots and landscaping may not be complete until June.

“The bitter cold this winter slowed all this down,” he said.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452701-952-8452 or by email at

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