The Ohio Department of Development recently announced that the city will receive a $1,077,407 grant for Phase I of the Brooklyn Avenue Sewer Diversion project. This grant is a part of the fifth round of the Ohio BUILDS (Broadband, Utilities, and Infrastructure for Local Development Success) water infrastructure program.
The grant funds will permit the city to install a 36-inch sanitary sewer line parallel to the existing sewer trunk line. This will allow sewer flows to be shared between both pipes. Continued growth in this area of Sidney, along with inflow and infiltration from aging sewers and illegal connections to the sewer have, at times, increased flow beyond the capacity of the collection system. This has led to backups into basements and foundations of connected buildings.
This project will greatly increase the capacity of the sewer line, as well as reduce surcharging of sub-mains and private sanitary sewers upstream of the trunk line.
Bids for the project will be opened on August 3, 2023. The project is expected to start in September or October of this year.
The Engineer’s Estimate for this project is $1,226,160. The project includes an alternate bid using ductile iron pipe with an Engineer’s Estimate of $1,332,510.
The DeWine-Husted Administration launched the Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure program in 2021 as a continuation of Governor DeWine's H2Ohio initiative, which launched in 2019 to focus on ensuring plentiful, clean, and safe water for communities across the state. In total, nearly $1.3 billion has been dedicated to the initiative. Since its inception, the program has supported 343 local water projects impacting each of Ohio’s 88 counties.