Construction of sewer line for Arlo development begins

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 11, 2016
Rendering of the Arlo development by ColeJenest & Stone

Rendering of the Arlo development by ColeJenest & Stone

The city of Decatur is notifying residents that there will be detours around East Maple Street for at least the next six weeks as a contractor for Arlo, a new apartment development, installs a sanitary sewer line.

Arlo is expected to open sometime in 2016, with 210 apartment units available.

According to a post on the City’s Decatur Minute blog, the work will begin this week and will be performed by Rampart Construction Company.

“This work has been required by DeKalb County Watershed Management and is being done to provide additional  sewer capacity for the Arlo residents and businesses,” the blog post says. “Work is expected to take six weeks of good weather, starting on the west end of East Maple at North McDonough Street and moving east to Church Street. During that time Rampart will provide traffic control. The road will be closed to thru-traffic during construction and will be changed to a two-way street for local residents and businesses. Parking on East Maple Street will be prohibited during construction.”

The city says the contractor has handed out flyers and gone door-to-door to inform people about the work.

“The work will be done in phases to limit the disturbance, and access to driveways will be maintained as much as possible,” the blog post says. “Plates will be used during non-work hours so that the road will be fully open and the sidewalks will remain open at all times.”

Dispute over sewer capacity held up the Arlo project for months. The county initially said there was enough sewer capacity to handle the development, then reversed its position. The city in 2014 completed about $1.5 million worth of improvements in that area, replacing storm water infrastructure on North McDonough Street, East Maple Street, Church Street and East Trinity Place. For months crews were on the scene, blocking off roads and digging them up to replace the pipes underneath.

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