Installing sewers to serve the Historic Rogers Road Area

October 11, 2017

The contractor for the Historic Rogers Road Area sewer installation began work in late September. We estimate that the work will be complete in the summer of 2018, but weather and other conditions may affect the contractor’s progress.

Order of work: Please see the map below. Over the next month, the contractor will be continuing to work in the areas (shown in red and blue) near Merin Road, Billabong Lane, Sandberg Lane, and Rusch Road. The map lists the expected dates of the future phases of work, and these dates will be updated as work progresses. Please be aware that our estimates of when the contractor will work in a given area are subject to change due to weather, etc.

How the work may affect you:

  • In some locations, the contractor will work in “easements” in off-street areas. A sewer easement is an area on private land where OWASA has the right to make improvements; do repairs, maintenance and inspections; and maintain clear access. The easement means there are some restrictions on how a landowner can use land covered by an OWASA easement.
  • If sewer pipes will be installed on your property, Orange County has acquired an easement from you.
  • When the contractor works in the street right-of-way, traffic may be limited to one lane near the work area. We will maintain access for emergency and service vehicles at all times.
  • If the contractor must block access to your driveway to install a sewer, the contractor will notify you in advance.
  • There will be noise, dust and mud. The contractor’s normal work hours will be 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • If it is necessary to interrupt any utility services, we will notify you in advance if the interruption is planned. If the interruption is not planned, we will work with the utilities involved to restore service as soon as possible.

We know this sewer project has been a long time coming, and we look forward to its completion and the opportunity to provide public sewer service to you. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this sewer project, please contact Allison M. Reinert, P.E., Utilities Engineer, at 919-537-4229 or

Community meeting on July 28, 2015: More than 50 citizens met on July 28th with representatives of the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood  Association, Orange County, the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill,  the Marian Cheek Jackson Center and OWASA to receive information and give feedback about plans for the sewer design and related items. For information presented by OWASA in the meeting, please click here.

Community meeting on April 24, 2017: More than 40 citizens met with representatives of the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood  Association, Orange County, the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill and OWASA. We provided information on the project schedule and location and types of construction activity expected, and answered questions about marking the location of utilities to help avoid damaging them during construction, and about allowable uses of OWASA's sewer easements on private property.

Contract with Orange County for detailed designIn May 2015, Orange County hired OWASA to manage the detailed design and getting permits for sanitary sewers to serve the Historic Rogers Road Area. A consulting engineering company, AECOM, will do the detailed design. 

Preliminary engineering study (completed in May 2015)

OWASA entered into an agreement with Orange County in June 2014 to do a preliminary engineering study for sewersto serve the Historic Rogers Road Area.  The preliminary study is complete. It included field investigations, meeting with Rogers Road area leaders, reviewing and adjusting our 2012 Sewer Concept Plan and identifying alternative sewer routes.

Our consultant estimated the cost to install 3.5 miles of sewers is $5.7 million for design,
construction, etc. This estimate does not include costs for private plumbing installation, easement
acquisition or OWASA connection fees.

For more information:

  • Vishnu Gangadharan, P.E., Engineering Manager -- Capital Improvements Program, 919-537-4248 or
  • Mary Darr, P.E., Director of Engineering and Planning, 919-537-4246 or

October 11, 2017 update

September 15, 2017 update

Invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony on June 20, 2017

October 9, 2015  update

November 23, 2015 update