Oakdale project moves ahead

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By Michelle Hollenhead

Following nearly two years of delays, Oakdale’s new wastewater treatment plant is nearing completion, and is expected to be up and running by Oct. 1.

The $506,000 project is completely funded through a CDBG grant, and is replacing a nearly 50-year old surplus station that had been donated by TVA.

Located just across the street from the downtown Oakdale tennis courts, the plant will serve 12 HUD duplexes and two private residences.

The CDBG grant was originally awarded in 2015.

Sewer Plant Maintenance worker Steve Lupie was on site last Friday, as he is most days, and said the project had been stalled due to several factors, including high bids and necessary redesigns.

Since the grant is administered by the state, specific regulations had to be followed, as well, he said.

Also putting the project behind schedule has been on-and-off heavy rains, requiring repeated concrete pouring.

The project fulfills a government mandate that a sewer plant be built to service the HUD housing development, Lupie said.

The station itself is “quite a bit larger” that the previous one, he added.

Angel Construction of Pikeville is the firm hired for the project, and has been working on it since early August