CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Noisy construction isn't normally what homeowners like to hear outside their front yard, but some along South Ruffner Road in Charleston tell WSAZ.com they’re relieved to see construction crews along the road.
Crews are out replacing old pipes that contractors said would leak sewage water into the ground and vice-versa.
Neighbors said Monday they hope the construction will solve sewage problems they've had for years on South Ruffner Road.
“Sewers were constantly stopped up and they would constantly have the city crews out here,” said Maxwell Greene who has lived along the road for 70 years.
Jimmy Kay, who has lived along the road since 1971, watched the construction for hours outside his home Monday.
“It's not bad at all," Kay laughed. “It's interesting.”
The construction helps to bring Charleston into compliance with environmental standards.
“It's going to help the environment,” said James Pierson, project manager of Pipe Plus Inc. the group handing the construction. "You don't have sewage leaking out of the pipes and it's going to help the sanitary board they don't have a bunch of water getting into their system unnecessarily.”
Pierson said the project costs about $11 million and that their goal to be finished is October though they have until about mid-February of 2014.
“This construction is a mess right now,” Greene said. “I've got sense enough to know that after the inconvenience of right now, after they complete it, It will be really nice.”