Al Morteo
For Al Morteo, vice president of Federated Corp., a construction company, the stimulus program was implemented just in time.

Recovery Act Impact: Canton Sewer Replacement Project

  • $4.2 million project

  • $500K funded through stimulus

  • Federated Corp. retained 8 employees

  • 18-inch pipes being replaced with 30-inch pipes

  • Vital to community's sewage system

His Dedham-based company is currently working on the Green Lodge sewer project in Canton, a $4.2 million project that received stimulus funds. The project involves replacing 9,000 feet of sewer pipes throughout Canton - including 400 feet that go under the Route 95 bridge.

"It's definitely huge project that Canton needs," said Morteo, who noted that the current 18-inch pipes were not large enough to accommodate current usage. "During heavy rains, sewage would be coming out the man holes," he said.

Mike Trotta, Canton's Director of Public Works would agree. The project took over a decade to get permitted because so much of the sewer involves conservation land and endangered species.

Canton sewer project
"The MEPA [Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency] process has helped balance environmental issues with the fact that sewage was coming up," he said.

For Morteo, the job enabled him to keep all his employees working. "I would have had to lay off six to eight employees," he said. "This job gave us a boost."