Dec. 24 update
All paving work is now complete and the new sewer pipe is installed. Remaining work includes installing wheel chair ramps, raise manholes in the pavement and restore shoulders with crushed rock. Remaining work should be complete and all roads open to traffic by January 4. 2021. Punch list items and road striping (weather dependent) remain to be done.
Nearly 8,600 feet of new sewer pipe will be installed to support development along the Military Road East and 176th Street East corridor. The project will extend sewer pipe along Military Road from 22nd Ave East to 36th Ave East. The project is anticipated to start early 2020 and take 12-18 months to complete.
Expect intermittent road closures during construction. Emergency vehicle and local access will remain open at all times. Drivers should anticipate traffic delays.
Some homes will be required to connect: Connection requirements depend on the type of lot. There are three types of lots in the area of this work:
Septic system with dry line – Homes built in subdivisions with most of the sewer pipes already in the ground. The pipes were installed when the subdivision was developed and are considered "dry sewer lines" because they are not connected to surrounding homes or the public sewer system. This project will connect those lines to the public sewer system and will require connecting homes in the development.
All homes in the following subdivisions will need to connect: Erin's Court (169th St E.), Montgomery Meadows (34th Ave Ct E.) and Rainbow Skies (173rd St E.) – see map above. Property owners will have 180 days from date of official notice from Pierce County to connect to the sewer system and decommission existing septic tanks. Official notice will be sent upon completion of the Military Road Interceptor sewer project. Please see “Step-by-step guide for connecting to sewer system” below.
Septic system only (no dry lines) – Homes will continue using approved on-site septic system until new development is proposed on the property; the existing septic system fails; or the owner chooses to connect.
Vacant lots – Undeveloped lots will connect to the sewer system when developed.
Sewer Stubs: The project will include providing sewer stubs to nearby properties. Sewer stubs provide a convenient point for future sewer system connections. Property owners are being contacted to obtain temporary construction permit for the County’s contractor to install the stub to their property line.
Privately owned property in County right-of-way: It is anticipated that the contractor will need to make use of the county right-of-way to install the sewer line. Property owners may need to remove privately owned items within the right-of-way that they wish to salvage prior to construction.
Traffic impacts: Intermittent road closures will be necessary to complete the work. The contractor will always be required to maintain local and emergency vehicle access.
Project will extend sewer pipe approximately 8,600 feet.
Pay the sewer service permit fee of $170 and applicable connection charges of $5,228 (includes $3,491 Wastewater Treatment Capacity Charge and $1,737 Basin Area Charge). Rates are subject to change and are accurate as of date of publishing.
The application will be reviewed for compliance with standard plans and the permit will be issued to the contractor.
Once your property is connected to the sewer, any existing septic tanks on the property will need to be decommissioned.