Twinsburg -- A dozen residents of Serene Court and Belmeadow Drive can expect to see replacements to the sanitary and storm pipes under their yards, driveways and sidewalks in coming weeks.
Construction to replace the sanitary and storm drains began in late January and is scheduled to continue through May.
The contract, valued at $475,645, was awarded to Westlake-based firm Fortuna Construction in November 2012. A $220,000 loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission, granted to the city in 2012, will offset part of the cost of the project.
The work will be largely located near the intersection of the two streets, with about 1,800 linear feet of pipe being replaced on Serene Court and about 400 feet on Belmeadow Drive. Twinsburg Engineer Amy Mohr said the need for the project comes from an accumulation of settled sewage in the sanitary pipes.
"The storm sewer is shallower than the sanitary sewer, so for the most part it all has to come out," Mohr said. "It was a high-maintenance area for us. We're trying to put it back on a grade that doesn't allow the deposits to settle."
Work crews will need to go through several driveways and yards to access the faulty pipes. Mohr said a total of 12 homes from Belmeadow Drive to 10039 Serene Court, and from Serene Court to 10220 Belmeadow Drive, will be affected in this way, with three homes on Belmeadow Drive and nine on Serene Court seeing construction in their yards.
Residents were notified of the project at a meeting conducted in late January 2012. The city will repair and resod any yards or driveways damaged during the project at no cost to residents.
Local traffic to Serene Court is expected to be redirected via Glenwood and Ridgewood Drives, though Mohr said no official detour will be established.
"There are alternative ways to avoid the construction for the most part," Mohr said. "Belmeadow's pretty heavily travelled, so traffic is maintained, but when there's trucks or deliveries, there will be flaggers."
Ward 1 Councilman Sam Scaffide said construction is proceeding on schedule, adding that navigating the area should be simple for area residents.
"If there is any type of closure, it'll be temporary," Scaffide said. "In that area, it's very easy to get around as well; there's plenty of access to get around on the other end."
Mohr said Feb. 1 that Time Warner Cable of Northeast Ohio has completed relocation of buried cable lines in the area. Scaffide added that other services will continue as normal.
"All of these normal services to the residents shouldn't be a problem as far as mail is concerned, trash collection, all those types of things," Scaffide said. "They should have access to their driveways about every day at this point -- until they start doing the final restoration ... then people might be put off for a little bit."
After the storm drains and sanitary pipes are replaced, restoration work on impacted sidewalks and driveways will follow in spring.
Scaffide said the project was a needed expense for the neighborhood but was delayed while the grant funding was secured.
"It was something that was out there, something that needed to be done," Scaffide said. "It could have been done sooner, but like anything else, there's a lot of projects out there that still need to be done that are on the radar but there's no funding for."
Scaffide added that he plans to address road repairs for later this year in the Belmeadow Drive area at the Feb. 26 Public Works Committee meeting.