Work is nearly done on one of two major sewer expansion projects under way in Saratoga County.
The extension of sewers for the first time down routes 4 and 32 south of the sewage treatment plant in Halfmoon is finished and pipes are ready to carry waste, sewer district Executive Director Chad Cooke told sewer commissioners Wednesday.
“At present, we are essentially open for business for making [household] connections,” he said.
Some homeowners in the area, which borders the Hudson River and where some properties have failing septic systems, are expected to seek to connect right away. Cooke said on these properties, some cleanup work like replacing damaged turf won’t be done until spring.
The extension from the sewage treatment plant south to Upper Newtown Road — roughly 31⁄2 miles — was requested by residents in 2009. District officials initially said it appeared too expensive, but eventually relented and combined it with another pending construction project at Saratoga Lake.
That project involves construction of a second sewer line around the lake, where development has filled to capacity a line constructed in the late 1970s.
Both projects, being built by Kingsley Arms of Schaghticoke under an $18.4 million contract, started in the summer of 2012.
While the routes 4 and 32 portion of the project is complete, work continues around Saratoga Lake. There is work under way at seven pump stations around the lake, and the contractor is doing directional drilling along Route 9P for a collection pipe.
The project also includes a section of new transmission pipe installed through the Luther Forest housing development in Malta.
Cooke said the work at the lake is about 61 percent done and on schedule for completion in the early summer of 2014.