Winchester making improvements to sewer system

By Ryne Turke on September 8, 2015 at 12:50pm

An ongoing construction project is improving the water and sewer systems for residents in Winchester and Bluffs.

Reggie Benton, of Benton & Associates, says Winchester has a construction contract underway to help alleviate flooding issues on the west side of town.

Benton says there have been some challenges with the project.

“It cuts through much of the regular school traffic. That project had originally tried to be completed before school reconvened, but unfortunately delays associated with getting the funding authorized didn’t allow that to happen,” says Benton.

Benton hopes to have the estimated $600,000 project completed sometime in October.

Benton says an additional construction project is addressing Winchester’s water tanks.

“The 50-year-old tank is being rehabilitated so that the 100-year-old tank can be taken out of service. A 100-year-old tank doesn’t happen very often and the city has been blessed with the tank’s continued service over the years. The other tank was constructed in the 60’s. Before we take the old tank completely out of service, we wanted to fully take care of the current tank,” says Benton.

The current tank serves Winchester residents and rural water customers.

Benton warned residents that there will be some minor traffic interruptions with the sewer project over the next few weeks.