Pine St. pump station project progressing

Work on the Pine Street pump station is progressing after two months of work.

A new force main pipe has been run under the river and temporary electric has been run to the street from West Main, Director of Public Works Mike Holtz said. A large hole has been opened to allow crews to re-establish and modify pipe connections.

The current pump station will be demolished and the new footers for the new building have been poured.

“This building gets demolished and a new building gets built all around,” Holtz said adding the new building will be about twice as big. “The neighborhood has been very good. I have to give the residents a lot of credit, they’ve been good, it’s an inconvenience down here.”

The intersection of Pine and Sill streets is closed to traffic for approximately three months.

Holtz said the pump stations were originally built in 1956. Pipeline Systems of Meadville will renovate and upgrade the Pine Street and Clark Street pump stations. Both sites will have larger building to accommodate larger pumps.

Construction started recently at the Clark Street location and Holtz said he anticipates the work will be done at both sites before winter.

The new pump stations are part of the larger wastewater treatment upgrade costing $25 million.