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Griffith Town Hall

Griffith Town Hall

GRIFFITH — The Town Council has approved the engineering firm of Lawson-Fisher to prepare bid documents for a massive project on its main interceptor sanitary sewer.

*The project involves relining 13,000 feet of sanitary line, from 45th Street to the Little Calumet River, near the Canadian National Railroad tracks.

A total of 43 manholes will also be repaired along this stretch.

Instead of digging and installing a new sewer, a plastic coating will be sprayed on the inside walls of the 55-year-old existing line.

It will then harden and form an inner liner expected to last up to 75 years.

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As this is done, a temporary sanitary pipe will lay above ground as with a similar project earlier this month in Highland, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek noted.

"We've had a camera inspection" of the sewer, Council President Rick Ryfa said.

Konopasek added that the sewer's useful lifespan would be reached soon without the relining process.

After the contractor bidding process, the actual work will probably take place next year and take about three months to complete.

*Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version. The project involves relining 13,000 feet of sanitary line, from 45th Street to the Little Calumet River, near the Canadian National Railroad tracks.

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