It’s now been a few years in the making, but the Gravois Arm Sewer District will soon break ground on its fourth phase of construction.

It’s now been a few years in the making, but the Gravois Arm Sewer District will soon break ground on its fourth phase of construction.

The GASD announced the start its next phase last week after accepting a construction bid from Sterling Excavating & Erection, LLC, of Jefferson City. The district’s board of directors planned to meet with the company, bond counsel and USDA Rural Development representatives on July 5 to finalize contract details.

Construction financing will be through the Missouri Public Utilities Commission with USDA/RD taking over the financing after construction is complete, according to GASD chair Jim Bresnahan.

Total cost for the project is about $2,572,000.

Phase 4 will extend sewer line to more homes in the Route O area east of Laurie, including Miller's Rest, Golden Oaks and Worley Rd. and all homes located off Grey Eagle Road past the intersection of Grey Eagle and Magnolia.

According to Bresnahan, the project will add approximately 162 homes to the already 950 homes and businesses currently on the system. The district’s treatment plan is located off of Route P near Gravois Mills.

The district has been working to get a funding package approved for the project since preliminary construction plans were finalized in April 2015 with a reduction in scope. The board had originally hoped to finance a $4 million 300-home phase.