City of Fort Lauderdale hosts ceremony marking rehabilitation of sewer lines with new $65 million project
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The City of Fort Lauderdale is putting the finishing touches on what they hope will be the solution to the city’s sewer problem.
City officials held a ceremonial valve turning in Fort Lauderdale, 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. This is an amazing accomplishment,” said Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steven Glassman.
The project took 18 months to complete. Crews used trenchless technology to avoid digging up roads in the city.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said the new material, high-density polyethylene, will prevent breaks to the line in the future.
“The HDPE plastic pipe that replaced the older iron pipe offers a long lived solution that will be resistant to corrosion,” he said. “The new pipe has fewer joints and can flex with changing ground water tables to prevent breaks.”