Construction begins on Zion Crossroads water, sewer project

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FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Construction has begun on a sewer and water system project in Zion Crossroads.

Fluvanna County says construction began Friday with the county issuing notices to proceed to the contractors that will be working on it.

"This long-awaited project is finally under construction," said County Administrator Steve Nichols. "The board of supervisors, county staff and engaged citizens have worked very hard bringing this project to fruition."

According to a release, this project will service about four miles of the area along Route 250 and Route 15.

"This will be an opportunity to really help our economic development," said Bryan Rothamel, the Fluvanna County Economic Development Coordinator. "We'll be able to attract businesses and especially jobs to the area."

Rudy Garcia, president of the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce, said the water system will hopefully benefit residents in the future.

"We can still maintain our rural culture while also attracting businesses that will hopefully reduce the tax burden on some of these homeowners," said Garcia.

There are three parts of the project that will be built at the same time: the water and sewer pipelines, the water booster pump station and wastewater pump station, and the elevated storage tank.

With the notice to proceed, the three contractors that were selected to build this project can begin mobilizing and ordering the materials necessary for it.

Some site work and equipment placement could begin Monday, and the entire project is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2020.

Residents are asked to watch out for crews working in the area because construction will be done between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will also be some work on Saturdays with advance notice from the contractor.

There will be two informational town hall meetings regarding this project, on April 23 at the Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Troy and on April 25 at the Fluvanna County Community Center in Fork Union. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

For information on the progress of this project, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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