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Sewer work set to begin

SHADY COVE-- Construction crews are expected to roll into town this week to begin laying new sewer pipe in Shady Cove.

The Shady Cove City Council selected I-5 Excavating Inc., of Brooks, which bid $625,000 to replace sewer lines and build a new pump station, said Jerry L'Estrange, city administrator.

The city will pay for the project using grants and loans from the Oregon Economic Development Department as well as a $1 monthly increase in residential sewer bills that went into effect in July.

The project will involve drilling beneath the Rogue River to lay new pipe.

This is not new technology but it's the first time it's been done in Southern Oregon, said George Bostic, Shady Cove's public works director.

The city has obtained all but one of seven necessary easements from property owners to use between 12 and 40 feet of their land for underground pipes.

City officials said they will replace landscaping damaged as a result of the trench digging. Property owners who grant easements are restricted from building within six feet of a sewer pipe.

Shady Cove's sewer system is being rehabilitated because it has reached capacity and groundwater is entering the system, Bostic said.