Kremmling water line replacement project almost complete
Grand County, Colorado
Within weeks the $957,000 water pipeline project in Kremmling, Colorado, will be completed.
“We’re really close to being done,” said Town Manager Ted Soltis.
Crews are replacing about 11,000-feet of the 12,000-foot water transmission line. Waterline improvements will stretch from the town’s water plant, located more than two miles west of Kremmling, to the town’s water storage tanks. A portion of the improvements to this stretch was completed in 2006.
“The line that we placed going to the plant to Highway 40 is all installed and pressure checked,” said Kremmling Manager Ted Soltis. “Now they’re starting to hook in service lines.”
The line from U.S. Highway 40 to behind the new Allington Inn, at 215 West Central Ave., is complete and workers are pressure checking it to make sure there are no leaks. Jackson Street will require another three or four days of work.
The town’s original project estimate was about $957,000, but Grant Miller Inc. of Silverthorne agreed to complete the project for $683,883. Kremmling secured a $478,500 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, a 50-percent matching grant with the town paying the other half.
At the start of the project the contractor encountered “unknown circumstances,” and the town was able to pay for minor work during the project through change orders. The remaining funds paid for work on Jackson that will continue until the remainder of the grant money is used.
The work on Jackson is extra work, “we were able to do because the bid came in below the grant funds that we had available,” Soltis said.
Within 300 feet on Jackson Street, crews ran into more than a dozen leaks.
“It looked like a sprinkler system,” he said.
The town decided it was better off replacing it than trying to repair the lines.
The main transmission water line was installed in the early 1970s. The town was losing 60 percent of its water from the water plant to leakage because of steel pipe corrosion and corrosive soil conditions, Doug Moses, director of Kremmling Public Works, said earlier this year.
Soltis estimates that there is more than 20,000 feet of pipeline in Kremmling in the same condition as the pipeline on Jackson Street.
Officials hope to replace these lines within the next two years. This would cost about $4 million, but may cost the town itself only $1 million. Soltis will apply for a $2 million grant in 2009, which requires $500,000 of matching funds from the town. The town would then apply for same type of grant again in 2010.
“For every $1 the town invests in this system, the state gives us $3,” said Kremmling Mayor Thomas Clark. “That’s what we call leveraging.”
“That’s the only way we can do this,” Soltis added. “We’re going to continue to make progress … We’re going to continue to replace these lines that have exceeded their life expectancy.”
” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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