$2.66M earmarked for Berwick sewerage work

BERWICK — The Berwick area received just under $2.66 million for two separate sewerage projects in the recent legislative session’s capital outlay bill.

Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, said the Town of Berwick received $150,000 in Priority 2 project development funds to continue slip lining parts of Old Berwick.

Mayor Louis Ratcliff said it is the continuation of a project to slip line all the old clay sewer pipes. The town has received $25,000 to $50,000 each year for at least six years, Ratcliff said.

Slip lining involves videoing the line to check for protrusions before inserting an object similar to a plastic balloon that is pulled through the line from manhole to manhole, Ratcliff said. Crews then inject air and heat. The heat hardens the plastic material to a ¼-inch thick substance similar to PVC pipe, which then seals against the old pipe, Ratcliff said.

The streets funded this year include Fourth, Sixth and Texas, Jones said.

Meanwhile, $2.47 million has been dedicated to developing the Old Spanish Trail La. 182 sewer collection system which accommodates the Cameron property that straddles the Berwick-Bayou Vista line.

Of that money, $350,000 is in Priority 2, while $2.12 million is in Priority 5, designating it as a project ready for construction, Jones said.

“Sen. (Bret) Allain and I worked totally together on this ... We equally put in the efforts to get these funds,” Jones added.

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