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City of Troy awards sewer bids

The city of Troy took another step Tuesday toward renovating a major portion of its sewers.

After receiving $2.2 million for a sewer project, the Troy City Council met Tuesday to approve bids for construction.

The lowest bidder was Imani Environmental Group, Inc., located in Georgia, bidding $2.4 million. Though the city will have to pay around $200,000 for the project, President Johnny Witherington said the amount is budgeted.

These funds were awarded to the city late last year and were justified with CGI’s move to Troy.

Since, the city has been on a quick-timeline to acquire permission from 86 property owners to interfere with their land for construction. This all had to be done by Tuesday, and Utilities Manager James Flowers said the city met this agreement.

Though the properties will be impacted for the work, the city has agreed to put all land as it was found originally or better, said Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford.

The project will make improvements to the sewer lines spanning Park Street to George Wallace Drive and running parallel with Elm and from below Pell Avenue to the Sherwood Avenue area, running parallel with Collegedale.

The bulk of the work will be in undeveloped areas and in between these streets. Flowers said the only street that may be impacted during construction is George Wallace Drive. “There will be very little work in the streets,” he said.

There is no set timeframe on the sewer work, but Flowers said he anticipates the project will begin in the Spring and take about one year to complete.