Updated 05/08/2012 06:54 PM
Major sewage project nearing completion
A major sewage project effecting residents in one Middletown Neighborhood is nearing completion. As our Venise Toussaint tells us, residents are ecstatic.
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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The completion of a major sewage project in Middletown is like a breath of fresh air for people in the area, literally.
“You had raw sewage bubbling out of the manholes,” said Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano.
Not only were the old sewage pipes causing a big mess, Tropical Storms Irene and Lee left this street three to six feet under water.
“It was flooded quite a bit. A lot, a lot of water,” said Rosor Casillo, a resident.
“We lost so much things that can’t be replaced,” added another resident.
Two-thirds of the city’s sewage passes through Sterling Street, causing sewage and flooding issues here for the past 30 years.
“It was unhealthy, it was unsafe, it was just not a way to live,” DeStefano said.
The City of Middletown has replaced old sewage and water pipes and are now working to give the street a facelift. The roadwork has been ongoing since August after the City of Middletown secured a $4 million loan from the state.
“It’s a short term inconvenience for the home owners, but the long term gain will be tremendous for them,” DeStefano said.
New technology is also being installed.
“The trenchless technology that we are implementing that goes under houses through the backyards,” said Department of Public Works Commissioner Jacob Tawil.
Once that is done it’s on to the aesthetics, the city will be adding brand new curbs and sidewalks. They’ll also be milling and repaving the roads. A long awaited improvement for residents.
“We really need it, so it’s a good thing they’re doing now,” said one resident.
“I’m ecstatic and it’s going to make the neighborhood look so beautiful again,” added another.