Posted: Aug 28, 2013 10:19 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Aug 28, 2013 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - The $1.5 billion sewer project in Baton Rouge is on schedule to a January 2015 completion, despite hitting a few snags. Some contractors on the job have to replace large piping after the pipes didn't align properly.
"Basically he was coming from both ends, when he came to connect the pipe, he was off a little bit, just a few degrees," said Deputy Program Manager Joe Young of the contractors' issue.
The large pipes are set 12 ft. below the ground with 5 ft. of overlay. Thousands of feet of 54 and 60 in. piping that are so large a person can walk in them.
"He had to go back again and relay a couple joints," said Young.
Department of Public Works Director David Guillory says this part of the master plan along Burbank is focused on capacity.
"There were a lot of stations and a lot of areas that when it rained, all the infiltration got in and they couldn't handle the rain," he said.
The pipe has since been corrected and laid back down. The stumble in construction hasn't set the plans back. DPW says the Burbank portion of the sewer project will be complete this year.