Newburgh Eyes Future with Expansion
Newburgh is expanding and with an eye towards the future.
On Friday, April 10, the town held a groundbreaking for the Epworth Road medical corridor sanitary sewer expansion project.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Leanna Hughes, Newburgh Town Council.
The project features a 1,830 gallon per minute pump station, one mile of sanitary sewer force main, two and a half miles of gravity sewer and other ancillary improvements to the system.
The purpose of the project is to provide future sanitary sewer capacity for western Ohio Township and the surrounding areas.
Warrick County officials have been building up the Epworth Road corridor to make way for even more businesses to locate there and the upgraded sewer system is just the next step in making that happen.
David Hynes, of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., said the town is taking on the project to help economic development in the area.
“All in all, it’s a great project,” he said. “It will be a good addition to the Newburgh sewer system and we hope that it will help this area take off with growth. The fundamental thing that needs to come along with growth is the basic infrastructure and sanitary sewers are a big part of that.”
The project is being paid through the State Revolving Loan Fund program, which provides low interest funding for the $5 million project.
Warrick County Economic Development Director Larry Taylor said that the county is very supportive of this project.
“Right now, we are talking to probably three or four new, large projects that will be in this area and that this sewer will serve,” he said.
Blankenberger Brothers, Inc. is handling the construction. Work has already began on the project and it is scheduled for completion in January 2016.
By Timothy W. Young