Sewer line replacement project frustrates business owners in Va. Beach

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 5:30 PM

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VIRGINIA BEACH -- Commuters, residents and business owners near the intersection of N. Great Neck Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard are unhappy about a sewer line replacement project. 

Crews are installing a new sewer line to replace old, worn-out pipes.
    
"This morning the contractors left equipment in front of our business and we could not get in," said Dr. Dennis Vrooman, co-owner of Beach Pet Hospital.
    
Hampton Roads Sanitation District hired Branscome Inc. to complete the $6 million project.  They will run the new 24-inch line that replaces the 16-inch line from 1960, but there have been delays.
    
"This past winter weather set us back.  Snow, ice and rain impacted our routine," said Bruce Husselbee of HRSD.
    
Another issue arose when contractors hit lateral sewer lines coming from the Beach Pet Hospital and the Hardee's Restaurant.
    
"Those are the city's responsibility. They temporarily fixed them just so our work could continue.  But they will have to come back and do a permanent fix to those lines," added Husselbee.
    
The nearly two-mile long sewer line will run up N. Great Neck Road to Old Donation, mainly under the boulevard.  Work is scheduled to be completed by October.

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