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Crews work on water and sewer improvements in Tifton

ESG Engineering in Tifton plan to change out old fire hydrants in the area to increase fire safety. (Source: WALB) ESG Engineering in Tifton plan to change out old fire hydrants in the area to increase fire safety. (Source: WALB)
ESG engineering is now under contract with the City of Tifton to get started on the improvements to the cities infrastructure. (Source: WALB) ESG engineering is now under contract with the City of Tifton to get started on the improvements to the cities infrastructure. (Source: WALB)
Pete Pyrzenski is the Tifton City Manager. (Source: WALB) Pete Pyrzenski is the Tifton City Manager. (Source: WALB)
Jeff West is the Regional Manager for ESG Engineering. (Source: WALB) Jeff West is the Regional Manager for ESG Engineering. (Source: WALB)

The city of Tifton is starting construction on a $3 million project for the city's water systems.

That project is funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST.

ESG engineering is now under contract with the City of Tifton to get started on the improvements to the city's infrastructure.

The $3 million from SPLOST will fund water and sewer improvements while $500,000 will go to stormwater improvements. 

"I think it's proactive. That's part of our overall capital approach to our system," said Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzenski.

Pyrzenski said the city has needed these improvements for a while and residents should start seeing changes soon.

"Some of the projects include entire neighborhoods, to storm water improvements, to some sewer enhancements. Things that we have to do from an infrastructure standpoint that are essential as we move forward," explained Pyrzenski.

The city is on a six to a 12-month time frame to complete some of the bigger priority projects, like the issues in the Pebblebrook Subdivision.

"We've been having repeat complaints and concerns of this, so that's a larger project," said Pyrzenski. 

ESG Regional Manager Jeff West said there are pipelines in the city that are over 50 years old.

Some of the changes they'll make have to do with the growth that Tifton has seen over the years. 

"We do have some sewer items we're going to address.Some of them are just capacity issues the town continuously grows and we're gonna increase the capacity on some of these sewer lines and bring them up to date," explained West.

West also said they will soon begin changing out the fire hydrants in the area as well as keeping an eye on any pipelines they may come across that need repair or total replacement. 

Tifton officials said road repair will start soon to fix the damage to the asphalt on Highway 82.

State Transportation crews resurfaced the area four years ago. 

Since then, 18 wheelers have caused more breaks in the road. 

They will use concrete to top off the pavement. 

"Before they actually put new asphalt in, we are going to go in to replace more lines. Because as most people probably know, when you repave a road you are going to start to see water leaks and we don't want to be digging up new roads, so we are going to go ahead and replace those lines," said West. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the area affected will be between the intersections of Commerce Way and Tift Avenue.

Crews will remove the top layer of the asphalt prior to resurfacing. 

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