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I-Team Waste Watch: Sewer project frustrating Battle Creek

Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 |
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A sewer project at Riverside Drive and I-94 has people who drive and work in the area frustrated because for weeks they haven't seen anyone working there.

The Hampton Inn Dana Canales-Jamierson manages is right next to the project and she says she hasn't seen any progress.

"We have guests asking us how long is it going to be closed, because they're trying to go to events on Riverside, can't get to church.  So we have to give them alternate routes, it's been a headache," sayd Canales-Jamierson.

She says the construction equipment and materials came in July but then everything stopped.

"That was it, left it sitting there."

Newschannel Three went to M-DOT for an explanation on the delays.  We were told as soon as the project started it ran into problems.  In particular water underground was too close to the surface.

"We had an idea of what we were getting into or we thought we did but in reality that water table was higher than any of the previous plans indicated," says M-DOT spokesman Nick Schirripa.

He says other work has had to stop to wait for water to be pumped from underground.  It has delayed the project by a month, but now he says things are getting back on track.

For the first time crews were back at the site this week.

Schirripa says he doesn't expect the delays to increase costs on the $1.4 million project. 
But he admits, it was M-DOT construction work three years ago on the nearby I-94 bridge that caused the damage to the sewer they are now fixing.
But he says they already had planned to replace the sewer before damaging it.

"We know this is just another issue people have to deal with in their daily commutes, we don't want to do it, but we have to do it," says Schirripa.

M-DOT says without any more delays the construction should be finished by the end of October.
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