Logan Township's proposed $12.5 million sewer expansion project won't be ready for bid until mid- to late-summer because it remains under review with the state.
An approval on the project's preliminary plan, submitted last year to the state Department of Environmental Protection, is expected anytime, township Sewer Director David Pozgar said Friday.
"Once it comes back, then we send in the final plans," he said.
The final plans might be approved in time for the project to be advertised for bid in July or August, Pozgar said, with construction starting in September or October.
"But that's the best-case scenario," he said.
The project, as detailed previously, was supposed to go to bid in April so construction could begin this summer.
Logan Township's documents initially included an outdated Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory form, which identifies any endangered plants or animals affected by the project, and lacked a project review receipt, DEP spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz said Friday.
An updated PNDI form and related receipt were submitted two months ago, Pozgar said.
The township's proposed project, as announced in December 2010, involves an extension of sewer lines into the Grandview, Rosehill, Hope Lane, Bloom Road, Red Hill, Homers Gap and Kittanning Point areas where septic systems are in use.
Residents have spoken in favor of the project allowing access to the municipal sewer system and increasing the potential for development. Except for low-to-moderate income residents eligible for some financial assistance, most households will pay a $1,200 tap fee, plus a $250 inspection fee.
Township Supervisor Joe Metzgar said the township has started seeking 85 to 90 easements from residents whose properties will be affected by the construction work. He is urging property owners to return the forms now.
"We've only been getting a handful back so far," Metzgar said.
Contractors will be required to restore all properties to as good as or better condition than before the digging started, Pozgar said.
"And the township will be watching to make sure that happens," Pozgar said.