RIT engineering students look at extending Albion sewer on 98

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 February 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Some engineering students at the Rochester Institute of Technology are using Albion for some real-world experience.

Four students in Paul Chatfield’s class were in Albion this morning to look at extending sewer services south on Route 98, between Allen Road and Route 31A.

Chatfield has provided engineering service for the town for about 20 years. Since 2003, he has been an adjunct professor at RIT in the Civil Engineering Technology Department.

Albion town officials have considered extending sewer mains on 98 before, but the project hasn’t moved forward. Town Supervisor Matt Passarell sees land along 98 as attractive to potential businesses and developers – if the sites have sewer service.

“The water is there but right now we don’t have sewer,” Passarell said today after meeting with Chatifeld and the RIT students.

Chatfield and the students will work on the project without a cost to the town. They will look at the engineering needed to extend an 8-inch sewer main about 1.5 miles from Allen Road to 31A. There is a slight rise in elevation from Allen Road going south that will have to be part of the engineering for a new sewer district.

If the town decides to pursue a sewer district, Passarell said residents would be surveyed and cost estimates would be detailed.

For now, he said he is pleased Chatfield and the RIT students are interested in the project.