DOVER, Del. — Crews could be seen Wednesday afternoon working on the first phase of Kent County’s $8.46 million sewer rehabilitation project., which began this week.
Workers will be sliding a new pipe into the existing concrete piping beneath the median of U.S. Route 13 between an area south of Leipsic Road and as far north as the area of Delaware Technical Community College.
The project is expected to prompt lane closures and other traffic measures as it progresses. The timeline of the project is expected to last as long as November.
The sewer force main beneath the highway has been shuttered since 2016 following a break in the decades-old sewer system.
Since then, the county has been diverting sewage from as far north as Smyrna through a pump station owned by the City of Dover.
That pump station broke down in 2018 due to increased wear and tear, partially attributed to roughly triple the amount of sewage running through the system than when the county was not using it.
For more information on road or lane closures, visit Kent County’s website.