Construction starts on $4.8 million sanitary sewer project in Oswego

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New York Construction Report staff writer

Construction has started on the Town of Oswego’s sanitary sewer in Oswego County. The $4.8 million project will establish a municipal sewer collection system for the residents and businesses situated along portions of County Route 89, State Route 104, and Fred Haynes Boulevard adjacent to Lake Ontario and SUNY Oswego.

“This is the largest infrastructure project the town has undertaken, and the benefits of the project are far reaching for future commercial development along the Fred Haynes Corridor and for town residents,” Oswego Town Supervisor Daniel Gurney said in a New York State news release. “This process has been an excellent example of the feats we can accomplish when state and local government work together.”

High lake levels and inadequate subsurface conditions have significantly impacted onsite private treatment systems, especially for many local businesses. Affected business owners have had to install holding tanks and/or onsite treatment systems that impacted sustainability and future development. The new municipal system will serve about 176 users.

Resiliency measures of the project will include approximately 33,000 linear feet of mainline pipe and lateral connections to establishments, as well as the installation of two primary pumping stations to transmit wastewater to the City of Oswego.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation awarded a $4.8 million grant for the project.

“With nearly half of the REDI projects completed, Governor Hochul’s REDI Commission has made a very noticeable difference in helping boost resiliency and recreational opportunities for Lake Ontario shoreline residents and visitors alike,” said Empire State Development President, CEO Hope Knight. “The new municipal sewage system in Oswego is another critical project that will strengthen the infrastructure that is vital for the targeted community.

“When complete, it will help residents and businesses be better prepared for future high-water events- which is key to ensuring a flourishing economy for Lake Ontario communities.”

In response to the extended pattern of flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, New York State established REDI to increase the resilience of shoreline communities and bolster economic development in the region.

Since 2019, 134 REDI funded local and regional projects are underway, including 29 projects in the design phase, 44 projects in the construction phase, and 61 projects completed.

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