Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this project necessary?


Most of the original sewer collection system was installed between 1917 and 1920, and in-pipe video and inspection has revealed that there are many leaks, which contributes to pollution of Commencement Bay. The Ruston Sanitary Sewer Upgrade project will replace approximately 14,000 feet of sewer main, 78 sanitary sewer manholes, and 270 sanitary sewer laterals including 4,000 LF of 6-inch diameter pipe.


How is this project funded?


Funding for this project is being provided by a low-interest loan from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Rural Development Division. This loan will be repaid over 40 years from funds collected from utility bills.


Will my property/driveway/alley be repaired?

The contract with the Town requires that the contractor restore all areas disturbed by construction to their pre-construction state or better. The timing of when this restoration is accomplished depends on many factors, but should occur within a reasonable amount of time from when the contractor is finished with utility work in the area.

What is the procedure for residents to file claims for property damage resulting from construction?

Please call Charlie Severs, project field representative, at 360-481-4144. He will examine the damage and coordinate with the contractor to resolve the issue. If damage is significant, residents may need to contact the Town Clerk and file a written claim.

What will be the width of the alley repaving?

Although the contract generally calls for repaving only the width of the utility trench (nominally 2.7 feet), the poor pavement condition in many of the alleys will result in additional width of paving, up to and including the entire width of the alley. This decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on pavement condition, other contract requirements, funding limitations, etc.

Will repaving be completed before adverse weather prohibits it?

Construction work will be halted for the season when weather conditions warrant. It is the contractor's intent to get all the locations that are disturbed repaved prior to the anticipated winter shutdown. If some locations are not sufficiently addressed, it will be the contractor's responsibility to keep everything maintained acceptably.

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