Beacon Blvd. to get needed utility upgrade

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

“It’s so important, especially along that U.S. 31 corridor, to not have a massive failure,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said of the planned utility project beneath U.S. 31 between Woodlawn and Pennoyer avenues. “We know we can’t have a failure along 31 — it would be a calamity for the community.”

Estimated costs for the project are $407,000, which would be paid for by the city’s voter-approved $9.4 million 2008 public infrastructure construction bond. About $150,000 would be used to pay for the sanitary sewer project and $257,000 would be used to fund the water improvements.

According to City Manager Pat McGinnis, a large portion of the costs comes from traffic control.

The project will likely consist of the abandonment of an existing 4-inch water line that runs under the eastern northbound lane of Beacon Boulevard, installation of new water main in sections and the re-lining of sewer beneath Beacon.

“We’re only going to be putting mains in there where we have to complete the loop and tie in connections,” City Public Works Director Bill Hunter said, adding that pipe will be directionally drilled into the ground in order to avoid impacting trees and paved surfaces.

Based on preliminary plans, only the eastern-most northbound and western-most southbound lanes would be impacted by the project, and Hunter said he anticipated work taking place at night.

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