In 2015, CRW staff responded to reports of sewage odors near the State Hospital complex and located compromised pipe and manholes in an unnamed tributary to Asylum Run. Staff immediately made repairs to address the issue before CRW performed an extensive evaluation of the entire sewer system in the area. Results showed that its 24-inch clay sewer pipes had numerous defects along that portion of the system, which runs beneath the stream.
To address those defects, CRW later determined that the best approach would be to replace and repair failing sewer pipes and manholes along the creek — adjacent to 17th and Herr Streets. To do so, a portion of the sewer line will need to be realigned and relocated away from the stream.
The Arsenal Boulevard Sewer Improvements Project will be publicly advertised for bids and awarded to a contractor to perform the work. An anticipated project schedule has construction work beginning in spring 2023 and continuing into spring 2024.
The project will be financed by a PENNVEST (1% APR loan).