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April 2, 2014

Sewer line project to cause traffic delays in Vidor

VIDOR — Motorists traveling up and down North Main Street may encounter slight traffic delays due to a current sewer line project.

Orange County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 is continuing its current project of replacing sewer lines in various spots throughout the city of Vidor. Although traffic is not heavily impacted during most of the day, there is a definite impact for after-school traffic and rush hour traffic in the afternoon.

According to Norman Blackman, general manager of Orange County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, the purpose of the project is to replace antiquated sewer lines with new lines.

“This is roughly the same thing we have already done on several side streets in Vidor, and now we are working on North Main,” Blackman said in a telephone interview. “We are trying to do the work where the impact on traffic is minimal.”

Blackman said the first stage of the pipe bursting and line replacement project requires contract crews to use a cleaning device on the inside of the sewer line.

“The crews run a cleaning head through the line to clean the sewer line because the next step is to run a camera in it,” Blackman explained. “They use the camera to see what everything looks like on the inside and to see where every service line tie-in for every business and home on that line is located.”

The reason for locating all of the tie-in connections is because crews will need to know where those connections are located after replacing with new sewer line.

“You are basically destroying the sewer line intentionally when pipe-bursting, only because it is unavoidable,” he added. “We have to find the tie-in locations because crews will have to dig down at that exact location because we will have to go back and redo those taps.”

The camera system being utilized will digitally record every inch of the sewer line and provide accurate measurements of where tie-in connections are located.

“Once the pipe-bursting is done, they will drag a pipe of the same size into that tunnel to replace the old pipe which has been turned to rubble,” Blackman said. “With the video recording, they know exactly how many feet it is to every tap.”

Once the first phase of the North Main Street work is done, which consists of cleaning the line and the video recording of the pipe, the video will be turned over to the prime contractor, Carroll and Blackman Engineers. Details for a traffic control plan will have to be created and submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation when work nears the Interstate 10 intersection and pipes crossing under North Main Street instead of those running parallel.

“The pipe-bursting itself will take place at a later date, but the eventual construction of the sewer line will depend on other work currently in progress with this contractor,” Blackman stated. “It could be a month or even three months before they get to that phase.”

Alternating lane closures will continue from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily on North Main Street in Vidor until the cleaning and recording process is done and then resume with next phase of the project.

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