Work is set to begin to reroute sewer lines in Schoolvue. The new lines will run down the streets and not under occupied homes.
The Rehoboth Beach commissioners unanimously awarded a $624,000 bid by A.P. Croll and Son of Georgetown to realign 1,900 feet of sewer lines and manholes along Stockley and New Castle streets extended and Old Bay Road.
The city will pay for the project using a $450,000 loan from the state Water Infrastructre Advisory Council, with the rest coming from the city’s reserve cash, Mayor Sam Cooper said.
He has said the project is necessary because one line from Rehoboth Elementary School runs underneath six houses and cannot be accessed if it clogs.
“We’re living on borrowed time with this pipe running under these houses,” Cooper said
The bid was approved Dec. 20, Cooper said. Contracts have been signed and materials have been ordered. He said A.P. Croll could begin work as soon as the end of the month.
City officials have been trying to get the project going for years, but have been delayed by several factors including placement of safety barriers to ensure worker safety. Bids also came in higher than city officials anticipated, forcing the city to work with low-bidder A.P. Croll and Son to revise plans to bring down the costs.