Motorists crossing the downtown New Albany Tallahatchie River bridge on Bankhead Street have noticed heavy equipment at work in recent days.
What they are seeing is excavation work and installation of a new wastewater line that will be about 8,000 feet long when completed. It will connect the city’s old wastewater treatment plant with the new one being built about 1.5 miles north of town near the right bank of the Tallahatchie River.
Ronnie Iby of Morton, Mississippi, the contractor responsible for boring under streams and bridges along the length of the pipeline, said his company has completed six of the 12 bores that will be necessary for the wastewater treatment plant.
The work shown in these photos is for a 90-foot-long bore under the river, the Bankhead Street bridge and the BNSF Railroad Bridge in downtown New Albany.
Iby said his company is installing a 36-inch diameter, 90 foot long steel pipe under the river and bridges. Inside the steel pipe will be a 30-inch diameter pipe made of polyvinylchloride (PVC).
Steel boxes are built around the boring site to protect workers from dirt caving in upon them.
The pipe installation is some of the early part of the work for the new $14-million dollar wastewater treatment plant. The project is financed by a grant and loan package awarded to the city by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Bill Mattox, manager of the city owned New Albany Lights Gas and Water Company (NALGW) told NAnewsweb.com last week that he expects the project to be complete in about two years, autumn 2021.New Albany Light Gas and Water (NALGW), New Albany MS, Wastewater Treatment Plant