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Street reconstruction projects, new pump station in the works

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission approved a series of projects on Monday, including plans to reconstruct the water main on Elmwood Avenue from West Clary Street to Liberty Drive as part of the 2017 sewer ...

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission approved a series of projects on Monday, including plans to reconstruct the water main on Elmwood Avenue from West Clary Street to Liberty Drive as part of the 2017 sewer and water reconstruction project.

 

Concrete pavement will be replaced as part of the project, which involves swapping out the current 6-foot main with an 8-foot version to be located under the street’s parking lane. The total estimated cost of the reconstruction - including engineering, contingencies and the valves and hydrants to be acquired separately - is $610,000.

 

The project also includes a schedule of work for repair of a segment of storm sewer and adding a manhole on Sixth Avenue between Lake Street and Ninth Street at an estimated cost of $14,800.

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The commission also approved plans and authorized advertisement for bids for 2017 concrete pavement restoration.

 

Work to restore concrete walks, drives and street pavement removed on Rose Avenue in 2015 for water main reconstruction will cost an estimated $103,000.

 

Various spot repairs to roads affected by the repair projects and a manhole installation at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street will cost $30,000.

 

Work for restoring concrete street pavement and a driveway on Nobles Street and James Boulevard will cost an estimated $54,500.

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In a separate vote, the commission approved an agreement with Banner Associates to do engineering and bidding for a new high-service pump station. The station will be used to blend water coming from the Lewis & Clark water pipeline when it comes to Worthington.

 

The new pump station will accommodate replacement of the existing high-service pumps, a booster pump for receiving Lewis & Clark water, a new chloramine disinfection method and the relocation of the corrosion control chemical addition point.

 

The services will be billed on an hourly basis with a limiting fee of $86,800 for design
and bid phase services and a limiting fee of $69,400 for construction administration,
resident engineer and construction staking services.

 

Commissioner Aaron Hagen suggested the firm look into the feasibility of solar panels to help offset electrical costs, an idea with which the commission agreed.

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In another Lewis & Clark item, Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain gave an update on the standalone bill that would fund the pipeline’s final connection to Worthington. Hain will be in St. Paul Wednesday morning for a hearing on the bill in the Senate Capital Investment Committee. District 22 Sen. Bill Weber, author of the bill, will make an amendment to make it the same as the House version.

 

In other news, the commission welcomed Deb Weg as its newest member. She was appointed at the March 13 city council meeting to replace longtime commissioner James Elsing.

 

Commissioner Lyle Ten Haken was appointed as representative to the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System Joint Powers Board to replace Elsing.

 

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