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Sewer M&O staff do emergency repairs, line cleaning, smoke testing, and other types of ongoing maintenance on sewer pipes and pump stations.
Traffic M&O staff keep traffic signals and street lights operating properly, maintain street signs, and ensure lane striping and other pavement markings are visible and helpful to drivers.
Traffic M&O staff and equipment are currently housed in aging, inefficient buildings that cannot support the modern needs and activities associated with the maintenance and operation of traffic equipment. Based on these needs, it has become necessary to seek new quarters for the traffic M&O staff.
The Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility will shift most of the sewer M&O staff and equipment currently located in University Place to the new facility. The timing of this shift coincides with the major expansion project being completed at the WWTP, allowing the number of new buildings needed at the WWTP site to be reduced, and some existing buildings to be cost-effectively reused. Construction of the Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility is scheduled to be complete by 2014 providing time for the sewer M&O staff to relocate prior to WWTP expansion construction overtaking their current workspace.
The Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility gives Pierce County the opportunity to effectively solve three operational issues with one project.
Additionally, because the site is already owned by Pierce County, locating the facility at the 9th Street Pit provides a significant cost savings for the project.