Work has started on the $2-billion sewer system upgrade in Pittsburgh, according to a report in Construction Equipment.
A new engineering firm was hired to oversee the expansion of the city’s waste water treatment plant and get the overhaul of the entire system flowing, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority’s board of directors hired Michael Baker International to oversee the $300 million-plus Alcosan plant expansion that is part of an overall sewer system upgrade that will last until 2027 and cost at least $2 billion.
Michael Baker will be paid an estimated $30 million to enforce the project’s schedule, keep costs under control, and meet regulations. The plant expansion is expected to reduce by 3 billion gallons the amount of wastewater that flows, untreated, into Pittsburg-area rivers and streams each year, according to the report.