Sewer Interceptor Replacement Begins
Posted on Friday July 28, 2017
Cheltenham Township has begun a 12-month project to replace nearly four miles of its public sanitary sewer system, called Interceptor A, between Old York Road and Central Avenue.
Interceptor A Replacement Map This extensive $8.5 million project is the Township’s second major initiative this year to tackle its aging sewer system, which is nearly 100 years old in sections. In January, the Township launched an eight-year effort to clean and inspect all of the sanitary sewer mains as well as the laterals that connect homes and businesses to the public sewer system.

Both efforts are designed to correct the problem of rain water and ground water entering the sanitary sewer system, known as inflow and infiltration (I/I). During and after major rain events, cracks or breaks in the sanitary sewer main and laterals allow excess water into the system, straining its capacity, increasing treatment costs and potentially triggering sewer overflows that damage property and the environment. When completed, the interceptor replacement should eliminate a major portion of the I/I entering the Cheltenham sanitary sewer.

During the project, temporary road and park closures will be necessary in the active work zones. But once completed, the Township will be able to remove the temporary sewer bypass that currently serves as a backup to prevent sewer overflows.

The first closure begins on Monday, August 7. Tookany Creek Parkway will be closed weekdays between Beryl Road and Central Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for approximately two months. Click here for updates on the project work schedule and weekday detours, plus other information about the Township’s sanitary sewer system improvements.
Sanitary Sewer Detour Map - Tookcay Creek Parkway
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