By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– After months of detours, 7th St. in Old Town Victorville was completely reopened early Thursday morning.
One lane in each direction along 7th between C and D Streets had been closed for about a year and a half due to construction of a major Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) sewer line. The site at 7th and D is where a manhole has been installed and two large pipelines are joined about 30 feet underground.
“We are very excited that this part of the project has been completed,” said VVWRA Public Information Officer David Wylie. “We appreciate the communities patience during this time.”
Crews had dug more than a half-mile of tunnels and installed 4,000 feet of pipe before they filled in the hole and paved the street. The new pipeline and manhole are part of the Upper Narrows Emergency Pipeline Project that was made necessary after a series of powerful storms in 2010 severely damaged VVWRA’s main sewer line that ran along the Mojave River. A temporary emergency bypass was built following those storms. The idea behind the new, ambitious pipeline is to create a permanent sewer line solution that avoids environmentally sensitive areas.
Construction continues in the Kemper Campbell Ranch area with completion expected in early 2016. When completed, the new lines will bring wastewater from Apple Valley, East Victorville, Spring Valley Lake and Hesperia to the main VVWRA plant in Victorville for treatment.
For more information on the VVWRA, visit them online at www.vvwra.com.