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Town of Alberton
ALBERTON - Upgrades will go ahead this year to Alberton’s storm water system that will reduce local flooding and protect valuable local shellfish grounds.
In the next few weeks, the provincial government will request tenders for bids on construction of two sections of storm sewer running from Argyle and Poplar Streets to Cascumpec Bay.
The current storm water system relies on a single 750-millimetre outflow pipe.
During periods of heavy precipitation and spring runoff, surface water has occasionally escaped into the nearby sanitary sewer system and caused the escape of untreated water.
This can lead to closures of the local shellfishery.
Alberton Mayor Michael Murphy welcomed the project.
“The province’s investment in the storm sewer upgrade will help protect two of Alberton’s streets from flooding while also reducing the chance our waste water will hurt local fishers,” he said.
“With heavy storms and snowfalls becoming more common, it’s important that our town infrastructure can handle run-off safely and cleanly.”
The new system will add two 500-metre long sections of 1,200 millimetre storm water pipe to convey water from Argyle and Poplar Streets.
At the same time, the elevation of both streets will be raised.
This extra drainage capacity will allow the storm sewers to deal with six times as much flow as the old system.
Work on the new system is expected to be complete this summer.