Wheeling's Stormwater Separation Project moving into next phase
WHEELING, W.Va. —
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.