Decatur, AL—The Constantine Group is excited to announce the completion of the Decatur Beltline Sewer Project and startup of operations for all new facilities. This project was the culmination of a partnership between The City of Decatur and Decatur Utilities to boost economic development in northwest Decatur along the north end of Beltline Road. Constantine Engineering, Inc. provided engineering design services and construction management services for the entire project, which included multiple phases of improvements.
Beginning in 2011, the previously undeveloped, non-sewered region of the City was the target of planning to provide sewer for commercial and industrial development. The first phases included more than 35,000 feet of gravity sewer in sizes up to 21 inches in diameter. The last phases consisted of a new sewer-pumping station capable of initially pumping 3 million gallons per day (MGD) of sewage to the Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant through 11,500 feet of 30-inch diameter pressure piping. The project buildout capacity includes up to 9.5 MGD of sewage, serving more than 1,100 acres of property in the City limits of Decatur.
The complete project cost $9.56 million to construct. The City of Decatur said the sewer extension has already attracted new businesses, including: hotels, gas stations, and commercial businesses in the northwest part of the City. "Development typically follows sewer," explained Wally Terry, Decatur Director of Development. "The sewer will open up potential new retail, commercial, and industrial sites. We have a railroad track that this will feed into, and there are opportunities there. There was a time we were not prepared, and we lost an industry because of it; so, when industries want to come, the sewer and infrastructure needs to be in place. Now we'll be prepared, should they come knocking."