The Novi City Council last month approved awarding engineering design services for water main replacement, road restoration and sanitary sewer lining within the Howell’s Walled Lake Neighborhood in Novi.

The Novi City Council last month approved awarding engineering design services for water main replacement, road restoration and sanitary sewer lining within the Howell’s Walled Lake Neighborhood in Novi.

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Novi City Council moves forward on water, sewer and road projects in Howell’s Walled Lake neighborhood

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published January 17, 2022

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NOVI — The Novi City Council has voted to move forward with several construction projects in the Howell’s Walled Lake neighborhood in Novi.

At the Dec. 20 City Council meeting, the council unanimously agreed to award engineering design services to OHM Advisors for water main replacement, road restoration and sanitary sewer lining within the Howell’s Walled Lake neighborhood.

The design fee for the project will be $153,120, which is 6.25% of the estimated construction cost of $2.45 million, according to the meeting’s agenda packet.

The subdivision is located between Old Novi and 13 Mile roads and includes Wainwright, Linhart and Paramount streets, and Martin Avenue.

The neighborhood’s existing water main was installed when the subdivision was built in the 1970s and has a history of breaks and failing valves, the packet states. Replacing the pipe will address age and maintenance concerns while also improving system reliability.

Approximately 4,000 feet of the water main will be replaced with a new 8-inch ductile iron pipe. Once the water main has been installed, restoration of the roads throughout the subdivision will begin. This includes roadside ditches being regraded and driveway culverts being replaced to improve drainage.

Additionally, portions of the subdivision’s sanitary sewer have been identified for lining, which will extend the service life of the sewer.

The need for the project was identified during the design phase of the recent stormwater project, which was completed last fall in the same area.

At the meeting, Jeff Herczeg, the city’s director of public works, said that while the road work was being done, it was a good time to go ahead and replace the sanitary sewer lining. While it depends on the pipe size, Herczeg said the new lining should last for 30 or 40 years.

The project will be paid for out of the city’s water and sewer fund. Construction is expected to start in June 2022.

Contact Brian Wells at bwells@candgnews.com, or by phone at (586) 498-1081 or (248) 291-7637.

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