Possible new lining in store for half-century old Albany pipes

Possible new lining in store for half-century old Albany pipes

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A multi-million dollar project could soon give Albany's pipe system an upgrade, but the project is not affiliated with sewage problems the city is currently facing.

The President of the Gulf Coast Underground, a contracting group from Mobile, Alabama, said Albany's pipes across the city are more than 50 years old.

Now Albany Utility Board members want this company to perform a sewer interceptor rehabilitation project, spanning just over 6 miles of the city.

The estimated $15 million project would allow crews to add seamless lining in pipes that range between 2 to 4.5 feet in diameter.

"So it's minimal inconvenience to the taxpayers, to the local citizens here in Albany. And it's a much quicker process than if you were to try to dig and re-lay all the sewer line along the Flint River," said Spencer Tuell, president of Gulf Coast Underground.

If the project is approved at next week's city commission meeting, Tuell said crews would aim to begin work in August.

Gulf Coast Underground says the goal would be to complete the pipe upgrade by the end of 2020.

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