The town of Smyrna continues to work on the old utilities in town with two projects coming up this year to replace old utilities.

Commerce Street utilities

Work will start on the Commerce Street water and sewer replacement project in March, according to Smyrna Town Manager Dave Hugg. The project will replace water and sewer utilities from West Commerce Street at Market Street to East Commerce Street at East Street.

The project is being done because the systems are old and need to be replaced.

Hugg expects the project to be complete in mid to late November. The project will be done at night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. except for Sundays. Provisions will be made for individuals who live on Commerce Street.

Along with replacing utilities, the project includes storm drainage work, repaving the streets, and making the curbs handicapped accessible.

The $1.8 million project bid was awarded to Lindstrom Excavating Contracts, Inc. at the Feb. 3 meeting. The water system replacement is funded by a $1 million Office of Drinking Water loan. The sewer system replacement is funded by a $917,000 DNREC loan.

Water projects

Smyrna Town Council confirmed the schedule for water projects on Mount Vernon Street and Frazier Street at the Feb. 3 council meeting.

“We need to upgrade the water lines because they are old,” Hugg said. “The biggest issue is the pipes are undersized.”

Hugg said the undersized pipes hurt with fire protection. The $500,000 project will replace the pipes with larger ones. The town needs to go out to bid on the project. Work is expected to start this summer and be completed by late fall, Hugg said.

Hugg said these projects were originally on a laundry list of possible projects that were pulled from the table two or three years ago. The Office of Drinking Water had offered a loan with an interest rate for 1.5 percent. ODW recently said the town would risk losing the money if they project was done.

“We don’t know if we’d get the money back” Hugg said.

The Frazier Street portion will include work done from Main Street to School Lane. The Mount Vernon Street portion will also be done from Main Street to School Lane.