Groundbreaking for the new Zanesville Water Treatment Plant is underway.
Local officials met this morning to mark an important part of the two-year project that they say has been a long time coming, and Mayor Howard Zwelling says it is a much-needed project.
"From day one, when I took office, i came out here and looked over the water plant. The electrical panel was frightening, and that could go down at any time. We would have a crisis on our hands, " says Zwelling.
Zwelling says the project wouldn't be possible without stimulus money, which he says will bring jobs and money to the city of Zanesville.
Crews were already clearing trees that are needed to move the entrance to Buckeye Drive north 150 feet. Public Service Director, Mike Sims, says the move has a lot of safety benefits.
"Will improve site clearance distances for turns. It's kind of difficult to make a southbound turn out of here now, especially if you're pulling a large truck, " says Sims.
Sims says the hill that the current water treatment plant sits on makes it difficult to see on-coming traffic.
He says after the new water treatment plant is built, the city still plans to use the old building, possibly for maintenance purposes.