FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. (WSVN) – The city of Fort Lauderdale is putting the finishing touches on what it hopes will be the solution to the city’s sewer problem.
City officials held a valve rotation ceremony in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.
The project, valued at $ 65 million, is now underway as the city hopes to repair a seven-mile sewer transmission line.
“This is a historic day for the city of Fort Lauderdale. It’s an incredible achievement, ”said Fort Lauderdale commissioner Steven Glassman.
The project lasted 18 months. The teams used trenchless technology to avoid digging roads in the city.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said the new material, high density polyethylene, will prevent line breaks in the future.
“The HDPE plastic pipe that replaced the old iron pipe offers a long-lasting solution that will resist corrosion,” he said. “The new pipe has fewer joints and can flex with changing water tables to prevent ruptures.”
The new sewer line was officially activated in July. However, officials wanted to make sure it was up and running before holding the completion ceremony.
Fort Lauderdale’s water and sewer infrastructure was in need of major repairs and upgrades after the city faced a series of sewer line ruptures that flooded neighborhoods.
“Fort Lauderdale has taken a bold approach to establish a redundant line using state-of-the-art resilient materials that will allow us to provide reliable wastewater service to our neighbors and surrounding municipalities and prevent unfortunate incidents like the series of breakups that took place from December 2019, ”Trantalis said.
The mayor said the days of broken water and sewer lines in front yards were a thing of the past.
“I want to thank all of our residents of Fort Lauderdale, especially those of Rio Vista, Victoria Park, Coral Ridge, who have all been affected by infrastructure failures and construction work related to this project.
The new sewer line will not replace the old one but is completely independent from it, according to city officials.
“We are going to rehabilitate [the old line] then maintain it in the future, so we have two lines, ”Trantalis said.
Officials said having two lines will help prevent further interruptions and problems in the future.
Fort Lauderdale commissioner Ben Sorensen said several projects are currently underway to strengthen infrastructure.
“The city of Fort Lauderdale has invested in infrastructure like never before,” he said. “There are hundreds of millions of dollars more that we will invest in our infrastructure to make this city the city that you will never want to leave when you come to visit it.
Officials said they pledged nearly $ 200 million in infrastructure repairs over the next few years.
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