WHAT IT IS
The Delaware Department of Transportation announced last week that repairs to a Kent County wastewater transmission line that runs from Dover to Frederica will cause Locust Grove Road to close, beginning at 7 a.m., Thursday. The road, located south of Dover near Lebanon, will remain closed until Friday, April 18, pending weather delays.
As it stands, if a problem were to occur within a wastewater transmission line that runs along Locust Grove Road to the Kent County wastewater treatment facility, there would be no way for the flow of the water to be re-directed away from the trouble area, said Hans Medlarz, director of public works for Kent County.
The county will begin working to remedy this situation by installing a valve on the 36-diameter transmission line, which will allow flow to be redirected in case of an emergency.
“If a corrosion leak or man-made problem occurs down the line, we [will now] close the valve to allow us to redirect the flow in another direction, under normal conditions.” said Medlarz.
If wastewater flow was particularly heavy due to a heavy rainfall, only the majority of the wastewater flow could be redirected.
In order to continue providing service while the new valve is installed, a bypass has to be created in the live line. That new bypass line will run over Locust Grove Road, making it impossible for traffic to pass. This work will take place just short of the intersection of Locust Grove Road and State Street in Rising Sun-Lebanon.
The Delaware Department of Transportation will set up detour routes, and residents, school buses and emergency vehicles will still have access to the residences on Locust Grove Road. The detour route from the south will direct drivers to continue on South State Street, turning right onto Sorghum Mill Road and then turning right onto Locust Grove Road. The detour route from the north will have drivers continue on Sorghum Mill Road and then turn left on South State Street to Locust Grove Road.
Traffic should be fairly normal, according to Sandy Roumillat, chief of community relations for DelDOT.
“Traffic should flow,” Roumillat said. “We don’t anticipate any major issues.”
The project is expected to cost roughly $400,000 and will be paid for out of Kent County sewer revenues, which are funds collected county-wide from all sewer customers. The construction will take between three and four weeks and is slated to begin in mid-February, according to Medlarz.
During the time that the new valve is being installed, sewer customers shouldn’t notice any change in their service.
Page 2 of 2 - “If we didn’t have this valve − if we had a major accident down steam − we would have to interrupt service to our customers,” he said. “In the long term, this makes sure we have service.”