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Rock Falls sewer lines to get fortified through project

Liners will be installed in late spring

ROCK FALLS – Sewer lines in Rock Falls will get some attention once the weather improves after the City Council approved a rehabilitation project Tuesday night.

Workers from Insituform Technologies USA in Missouri will install liners in the pipes to help preserve their integrity and extend their years of usefulness. The work should begin in late spring.

“It’s a PVC liner inside of a concrete pipe and looks like a big sock,” said Ed Cox, water reclamation superintendent. “It’s a lifesaver for us, because it’s like getting a new pipe without digging up the ground.”

The project will cost about $819,000 by the time it is completed, and the funds to pay for it will come from a loan program from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The Council also approved an agreement with Stanley Consultants of Chicago to help oversee the project, inspect all work done and make sure it is acceptable. That agreement will cost $56,100.

Most of the work will be done in the LeRoy Avenue area near Rock Falls High School. Any disruption to traffic should be minimal, Cox said.

Mayor Bill Wescott also said Nicor will be doing some borings on sections of Prophetstown Road and 12th Avenue, starting Friday.

Council members also voted to support Tri-County Opportunities Council as the agency seeks to secure funds through the Emergency Solutions Grant Rapid Re-Housing Program.

Tri-County hopes to acquire grants to provide emergency funds for homeless people looking for a more stable housing situation. The money also would help provide case management services for them.

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