Stafford County Utilities is beginning a project in the “wayside area” near the intersection of Hope Road and U.S. Route 1 to improve sewage drainage in the Stafford Courthouse area. The project will take approximately nine to ten months and is budgeted at $2 million. The current sewer was implemented in the 1970s before the development on Bell’s Hill Road and across Route 1. This project is part of a continuing effort by Stafford Utilities to update aging infrastructure and increase capacity for the community.
“Before the creation of Stafford Utilities in the early 1980s, there were sanitation districts. The demand for water was much less, and the system for delivering it was much less sophisticated,” said Jason Towery, Director of Stafford Public Works. “We are trying to look down the road and make sure we are matching our capabilities with demand not just in the short term, but in the long-term. Updating the wayside pipe from 10-inch pipes to 18-inch pipes will be incredibly beneficial to current and future residents in the Courthouse area.”
The current system is having difficulty managing the flow, especially during rain events. The system runs full continuously. The new pipe will increase the capacity to carry sewage to the Aquia Treatment Plant, servicing the Abberly and lower Accokeek force mains. The new installation is expected to last for the next 30 years.
What can area residents expect?
- Construction will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday – no weekend work.
- There will be no interruption of traffic as planned.
- There will be tunneling under Route 1 north of Allatoona Lane and up Alatoona into the Stone River development. Pavement will not be disturbed and parking will not be affected.
- As with any repair or replacement of sewers, there will be some noise and other construction materials visible in the area during the project.
For questions about the project, please call Utilities at (540) 658-8630.