Where are they on that project?: Covert Avenue Sewer Project


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A major project that started in 2015 is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Evansville Water Sewer and Utility crews have been working to replace sewer pipes under Covert Avenue.

Where are they on that project?

Evansville Water Sewer and Utility crews say the finish line is in sight for their project on Covert Avenue.

“By using a liner, you don’t have to do construction that’s digging up the streets, repairing a section of the pipe and then putting it back, which is very expensive when you do the quantity that we’re doing.”

Crews have been working their way up Covert Avenue around the clock, re-enforcing an old sewage pipe that runs from Fuquay to Boeke Road with a new interior liner.

“Probably between 40 and 50 years old. It’s clay pipe, some of it’s concrete and some of it’s clay.”

The fiberglass liner comes in the form of a long-deflated tube, which is pushed inside the old pipe and inflated using hot water.

After roughly six hours, the tube hardens and forms a thick liner inside the shell of the old pipe.

“Once that is done, they either go in man-in or they use a robotic cutter with a camera behind it to cut out any laterals that comes into the side of the pipe.”

Smith says reinforcing the pipe rather than replacing it allows the street to remain open for traffic.

“This will be in place until we complete this project down to green river, but I’m saying probably a month or less, it just depends on how well it goes.”

Smith says weather delays have been minimal and the project has been relatively smooth sailing.

Smith says there are only a few more sections to go until the project is completed.

Work on the next segment is scheduled to begin this Thursday.

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(This story was originally published on October 1, 2019)

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