SSO Abatement Program In Tonawanda, NY

October 2012, Vol. 67 No. 10

Multiple phases

“Due to the size, complexity and cost of the project, the Parker-Fries Interceptor Project was split into four phases with implementation over approximately seven years,” stated Kenneth Maving, director of Water Resources for the Town of Tonawanda. The town and CRA evaluated the possible large diameter piping options and decided to include only Hobas pipe in the project specifications. Their reasoning was that they needed a pipe with a proven track record that would provide a long service life, including the leak-free capability of the product and its resistance to sulfuric acid. Hobas pipe has a 100-year service life in a sanitary sewer environment.

Phase One of the Parker-Fries Interceptor Project was bid in February 2010 and awarded in June of 2010. Kandey Company, Inc. of West Seneca, NY, was awarded the $26.4 million project and construction began in the summer of 2010. The job was scheduled to last two years and was completed in July of 2012.

Kandey is a site and utility contractor specializing in civil engineering construction and has been providing services throughout the Buffalo and Western New York areas since 1984. Although they are experienced with utility installation, this was their first experience utilizing Hobas pipe. The project included over 4,000 feet of 84, 72 and 48-inch diameter sewer pipe installed by tunneling and 5,700 feet of 48-inch, 36-inch and 30-inch diameter installed by open-cut. A 46-psi pipe stiffness product was supplied for the direct bury portion of the project which ranged in depth from 10 to 30 feet. Hobas supplied flush joint jacking pipe in a variety of axial capacities for the portions of the project that were installed by direct jacking.

The project was challenging, with project coordination including several public meetings to address traffic and other citizen concerns. In the fifth and last public meeting concerning the project, Tonawanda’s Town Supervisor, Anthony F. Caruana, stated, “The good news is that we’re ahead of schedule and we’re also under budget.”

Hobas pipe is manufactured in sizes from 18 inches to 126 inches in pressure and non-pressure classes.


Hobas Pipe USA, (800) 856-7473, (281) 821-2200,

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