The sewer rehabilitation is driven by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Environmental Protection, Jones said.
"It's going to go on all over the town, all over the county and all over the country," he said. "We're going to have to continue to do other projects, long after I'm gone. We deal with what we have to deal with. It will be a better infrastructure out there.
The $27 million Kanawha Two-Mile Project is funded by a low-interest loan the state Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council approved two years ago with a little arm-twisting by Jones.
"We're rehabilitating 19 miles of 4-inch up to 24-inch pipelines," Roller said. "Primarily what we're doing is getting the lines out of the creek."
Besides J.F. Allen, Pipe Plus has been working on Chandler Drive and Rover Construction along W.Va. 21 and in North Charleston. The work began in January.
"The contract was about one year for each [contractor]," Roller said. "At least one contractor has asked for an extension. J.F. Allen hasn't, but that doesn't mean they won't."
Before each project, the sanitary board has held public meetings to warn neighbors about possible inconveniences.
"We had community meetings on Sugar Creek," Roller said. They publicized in advance, ran full-page newspaper ads. "One man showed up for the meeting, and his interest was unrelated to the project.
"Contrast that to Twilight, where we had many people show up, and to South Ruffner, where we had many." Contractors are scheduled to start on a similar project in South Ruffner early next year.
"The sewer line's been there 50 to 60 years and is well past its useful life," Roller said. "There probably hasn't been any major work done in all that time.
"These are tough jobs. Narrow roads. Sugar Creek is by far the most challenging project. It's very narrow. You have a creek that follows the road. You have rock you have to drill through. You can't use a jackhammer because of the homes.
"They're not done yet," Roller said. "They're focusing on getting the pipe in. They'll have a new road. It will be an improvement."
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