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City gets closer to culvert repairs

Published 7:51pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Department of Public Works is still hustling to begin work on Trussell Road.
The road was rendered impassable during an April rainstorm when the culvert under the road failed and caused a large section of asphalt to be washed away.
The council met Wednesday for a special called meeting to approve a bid for the culvert and other materials, which city engineer Gerard Brewer said will avoid a three-week delay on the end of the project.
“The reason we met (Wednesday) was because of the delivery time on the pipe,” Brewer said. “We could have waited until the next council meeting and added three weeks on the back end, or we could have had a called meeting.”
Brewer said it will take 44 days from the day the order is approved to receive the pipe. Shortly following Wednesday morning’s meeting, Brewer said the order had been submitted.
The council awarded the bid to Hanson Pipe & Precast for a 80-foot concrete box culvert with a 12 foot rise inside dimension. The bid also includes precast concrete wing walls and concrete parapets. The total bid amount awarded is not to exceed $95,600.
“We will bid out construction cost and installation by next Tuesday,” Brewer said. “We will make a recommendation for approval of the contractor at the July 7 council meeting.”
There are currently four culverts scheduled to be replaced, which include Trussell Road, Coley Creek, Old Kellyton Road and E Street.
“To be as cost and time effective as possible, we are going to bid out two and do two in house,” Brewer said.
The plan, Brewer said, is to get a contractor approved before the pipe arrives.
“We want to try to time it where the contractor can get started a week or so prior to the pipe arriving so he can start digging out the area.”
An ambitious time frame would be to have Trussell Road operational by the end of September.
In the meantime,  the city will be moving toward a solution for the other three culverts. E Street’s pipe has already been ordered and the required culvert for Old Kellyton should be ordered by the end of the week. Both projects will be done in house.
“Old Kellyton could be the first street we see movement on,” Brewer said.
As for Coley Creek, Brewer said they are still trying to secure ATRIP funds to save the city money.
“We are in a very in-depth negotiation with ALDOT and the contractor for Coley Creek,” Brewer said. “It may or may not be done with ATRIP funds.”

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