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Aug. 30, 2023

Lower Brush Creek Interceptor project marks major investment

A significant wastewater project nine years in the making is now complete, Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Director Tom Witherspoon announced Wednesday. The Lower Brush Creek Interceptor project first began with the design phase in 2014. The project replaced a critical pipeline in the collection system as it transports a majority of the wastewater from downtown Johnson City that includes East Tennessee State University, the Johnson City Medical Center, the Veterans Administration campus, the West Walnut Street corridor, and other significant residential and commercial areas.

“This represents one of the single largest water and sewer investments in the last 30 years,” Witherspoon said. “Water and wastewater projects are not always the most visible or glamorous but their impact is incredibly significant.”

The Lower Brush Creek Interceptor project replaced a 30-inch concrete line installed in the 1950’s with more than 21,000 linear feet of new pipe. Construction on the $25 million project was performed by Garney Companies, Nashville. Work commenced in February 2021 and is now complete with final cleanup underway.

“This investment positions the City for continued responsible growth and protection of the environment for the next 50 years,” said Water and Sewer Services Assistant Director Jon Lane. “We appreciate the City Commission’s commitment to ensuring Water and Sewer Services is a step ahead of predicted growth so that we can continue providing quality service to all of our customers.”