The City of Ephrata has begun replacement of the last 1,400-feet of 1940s sewer line. Work is scheduled for the next four weeks, and will require a closure of Division Street from B-Street SE to Ivy Street NE. The contractor, Advantage Dirt of Kittitas, is beginning prep work and asphalt cutting.
In a press release, Wes Crago with the City of Ephrata said detour routes will be in place 24/7 for the duration of the project. Whenever possible, drivers should use Enterprise Avenue SE on the Port to avoid residential neighborhoods.
The detour map shows the three different methods for accessing Ephrata Heights;
A-Street NE, Nat Washington Way, and 5th Avenue SE & Enterprise Avenue SE.
The 80-year old sewer line that serves over 700 residents, experienced blockages in 2008, 2010, and 2017. Crago said the City slowly built up funding between 2016 to 2018 for a replacement project without raising taxes. Those funds were budgeted last fall and the work was already scheduled for this spring. The timeline was advanced when, during routine maintenance checks in early January, signs of a possible collapse were discovered between H and G-Streets NE. A blockage was discovered last week.
The City has secured a State grant to repave Division Street, from D-Street to the Port in 2020. Crago said driving on patches for about a year will be an inconvenience but the grant will save local taxpayer’s money.