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Aging sewage system sparks million dollar project in downtown Sanford

SANFORD – City of Sanford officials say a project aimed at alleviating sewage issues is underway. That’s after three restaurants in downtown Sanford have expressed concerns and frustration.

The problems stem from the aging vacuum sewage system installed 30 years ago, struggling to keep up with the overall growth in the area.

Mayor Art Woodruff said the city’s solution is to remove the three businesses from the main vacuum system. Now, with the completion of the project’s design phase, it seems progress is underway.

City of Sanford Utilities Operations Manager Cedrick Coleman shed light on the proposed solution. Taking the three restaurants off the aging vacuum system and providing individual lift stations is seen as the most effective course of action.

The project is set to go out to bid on February 8, and once a contractor is selected, construction is expected to commence shortly after. The anticipated completion date is by the end of the next January.

Sanford leaders say the project will cost the city about a million dollars.