Craig’s sewer lift station on schedule, over budget
The installation of a new sewage lift on east end of town is $50,000 over budget due to delays caused by unforeseen issues.
Despite the hiccups, city staff said the project is still on schedule to be completed before the Aug. 15 deadline.
Mark Sollenberger, director of the city’s water and waster departments, said the project was initially budgeted at $500,000 but the engineering firm in charge now estimates a complete cost of $550,00.
The extra cost comes from having to amend problems that popped up as the project progressed, such as replacing a gravity line and a water main.
Contractors also had to be switched midway through the project when ground water became an issue. Anson Excavating & Pipe, of Craig, offered a cheaper solution to the ground water problem so the city switched over from the original contractor, Mueller Construction Services.
“In the long run, we’re a little bit over budget, but we’re still going to get it done in time,” Sollenberger said.
The new lift station being installed in front of Northwest Pawn will elevate sewage to a level where gravity can take over the task of transporting the waste to the city treatment facility.
Residents of the east end of Craig would be unable to flush their toilets and likely have raw sewage backing up their plumbing without a working lift station.
The scheduled completion date is Aug. 8. If the project is not completed by Aug. 15, the city of Craig would have to begin compensating Northwest Pawn for business lost.
PJ Nichols, owner of Northwest Pawn, said having his parking torn up has definitely had a negative impact on his business.
“Nobody wants to pull in a parking lot with a swinging track hoe,” he said.
But he said he understands the importance of infrastructure being installed and effort to finish the project.
“They’re working hard to try and get it done,” he said.
Nichols added that parking for his business is available at the Laundromat next door.
Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.
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