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Wheeling's Stormwater Separation Project moving into next phase

Wheeling's Stormwater Separation Project is moving into Phase III, the first part of which will cost about $10 million and fix up streets like Edgewood Street in Woodsdale and some parts of Wheeling Island.

Wheeling's Stormwater Separation Project is moving into Phase III, the first part of which will cost about $10 million and fix up streets like Edgewood Street in Woodsdale and some parts of Wheeling Island.

It is expected to last about 4 years, and will start with sewer separation.

“In order to do that, you gotta start at the bottom,” Wheeling City Manager Bob Herron said. “Bedillion Lane is a major part of the project, and that's where we're going to start and work our way through the neighborhood.”

That sewer separation is important for a lot of reasons: First, it's going to prevent a lot of localized basement flooding in homes.

But the big thing is it keeps storm water away from sanitary sewers. That way, sewer water can go to a wastewater plant, while storm water heads elsewhere.

“It's just a sanitary sewer from a house that goes into a sewer line, which is significantly smaller than a storm line. Then that sanitary sewer line does not discharge into a creek, if it surcharges, it goes to a wastewater treatment plant,” Herron said.

The city has already completed a lot of work, specifically in the downtown area.

“We have a lot of work to do, but there's been a lot of progress made and this is a significant step forward,” Herron said.

Herron says they still have 30 to 40 more spots to work on.

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