Temporary pipes used as wastewater bypass while main relined

August 09, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • A pipeline runs along Burhans Boulevard in Hagerstown during a sewage project.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The City of Hagerstown is in the process of relining the existing wastewater main in the area of Burhans Boulevard at Antietam Street, according to Michael Spiker, the city’s director of utilities.

Temporary pipes are being used as a bypass for the wastewater that normally would flow through the permanent pipes that have been placed along the eastern side of Burhans Boulevard and loop around the bottom of the railroad overpass on Antietam Street, Spiker said in an email.

The pipes have been in place for more than a month, according to the email.

At times, the right lane of Burhans Boulevard has been closed on the side where the pipes are.

This is part of a rehabilitation project of wastewater pipelines that has been going on across the city for the past two years.

Officially known as the City of Hagerstown Wastewater Infrastructure Project, the process involves installing lining within old or damaged pipes.

Workers clean and inspect the pipeline to make sure it is ready for rehabilitation, and then construction crews eventually will install the new pipeline, called the Cured-In-Place-Pipeline, into the existing wastewater main.

Many of the wastewater pipes in the city are more than 50 years old, and some have been damaged and are allowing groundwater into the system, which could cause overflows, according to the email.

Miller Pipeline Inc. has been contracted to work on the project.

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