It’s easy to get excited about a new building in downtown Greenville. It’s easy to get excited about a company bringing jobs. It’s easy to get excited about new parks.
It’s not always easy to get excited about infrastructure. But that is what we should get most excited about because that is what allows for new building, jobs and parks. Thankfully, Complete Public Relations gets to hype infrastructure. And sometimes, it is exciting. Like what we got to do this week.
As you may have heard, seen or read in the media this week, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) is embarking on a massive project that will handle Greenville County’s water and sewage needs for decades to come.
It’s called Dig Greenville. This $49 million project will create a sewer tunnel that will be 100 feet below ground spanning from Hudson Street to Cleveland Park. This tunnel will be created using a special drill that will bore underneath downtown Greenville for 36 months.
While actual construction won’t start until early 2018, ReWa will be doing design and preliminary work over the next few months.
Dig Greenville is needed because the current system for the Reedy River Basin, which affects downtown Greenville all the way to Travelers Rest, is nearing capacity. If nothing is done, economic development would grind to a halt because nothing could be added to the sewer lines.
They will use state-of-the-art equipment for geotechnical monitoring. We will work with the City of Greenville and SCDOT to develop traffic control plans for pedestrians and vehicles. Each staging area will be properly secured and fenced to keep the general public away from the construction activities.
Work will start near the Greenville Zoo and then work its way underground (and never under residences) all the way to Hudson Street near the Kroc Center. This will be slow work. The massive drill only goes about 20 to 30 feet a day as it bores a 10-foot in diameter tunnel.
ReWa believes in sharing information with the community. We currently have social media and web pages dedicated to the project. We are also sharing information at community meetings, engaging the media and giving updates via newsletters. You can also continue to check out the ReWa blog for updates.