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Bedillion Lane Sewer Project Moving Along

Photo by Scott McCloskey – Large sewer lines are stacked along Elm Street as part of the City of Wheeling’s multimillion-dollar Bedillion Lane sewer improvement project.

WHEELING – The City of Wheeling’s multimillion-dollar Bedillion Lane sanitary and storm sewer improvement project is moving along as work crews moved from National Road onto Elm Street over the past week.

A section of National Road between Elm Street and Edgington Lane continues to be reduced to one lane in both directions, as contractor James White Construction of Weirton works on the project on Elm Street near the edge of National Road. An inspector on the scene Monday said once the contractor is able to move their heavy equipment further down Elm Street, he expects the West Virginia Division of Highways will reopen all four lanes of National Road in that area after being narrowed to two lanes since early December.

According to City of Wheeling Public Works Director Russell Jebbia, the Bedillion Lane project is a major improvement project that will separate the combined sanitary and storm sewer systems in that area of the city.

Jebbia said now that James White crews are done with excavation work and replacing sewer lines beneath that section of National Road, they are currently replacing 24-inch sanitary sewer lines on Elm Street. He said plans include replacing sanitary and storm sewer lines on Elm Street between National Road to Poplar Avenue.

Weather pending, the project is scheduled to continue through the winter months into the spring season.

Several streets in the Edgwood/Woodsdale area are scheduled to be affected by the project. Jebbia said there are five legs to the Bedillion Lane project. In addition to National Road, Elm Street, Poplar Avenue and Vista Avenue, other neighborhood roads eventually impacted by the project will include Edgelawn Avenue and Lane A (which is located at the top of Edgelawn).

City leaders have praised the Bedillion Lane project as a major step toward improving sewer problems that have plagued the Edgwood and Woodsdale neighborhoods.

Last August, Wheeling City Council authorized spending $2,121,286 with James White Construction to complete the project.

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