Construction clogs the east end of Craig |

Construction clogs the east end of Craig

Construction crews work on the new lift station in front of Northwest Pawn on the east end of Craig.
Patrick Kelly

Construction is well underway on two projects at the east end of town.

A sewage lift station is being installed in front of Northwest Pawn and the Kum & Go across the street is being completely revamped.

The new lift station being installed in front of Nortwest Pawn will elevate sewage to a level where gravity can take over the task of transporting the waste to the city treatment facility.

While the area is excavated, the city is installing a new water main, as well.

Mark Sollenberger, director of the city’s water and waster departments, said this project is a crucial part of maintaining city infrastructure.

“It would not be just an inconvenience — it would be backup complaints everywhere,” he said.

As in, residents of the east end of Craig would be unable to flush their toilets and likely have raw sewage backing up their plumbing.

“Everybody in that area would start having sewer backups,” Sollenberger said.

The cost of the project is budgeted at $500,000, including engineering and labor, but Solleberger said cost would probably slightly exceed that amount due to delays and having to switch contractors.

The new lift station is expected to be installed by the end of August, before hunting season and before Northwest Pawn’s business is seriously affected.

If the project is not completed on time, the city must compensate Northwest Pawn per day for lost business.

At the Kum & Go across the street, plans show pumps quadrupling from four to 16, with four more that could be added after traffic is observed, and a new 6,321-square-foot store to accommodate customers and give travelers from the east a new welcome to Craig.

“It will be one of our Marketplace store prototypes — a new store design we will debut in early 2016,” wrote Kristie Bell, communications director for Kum & Go in an email. “It will be around 6,000 square feet and will focus on fresh food.”

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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