$8.8 million water project on schedule

January 30, 2002

$8.8 million water project on schedule


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An $8.8 million water project that will upgrade Chambersburg, Pa.'s, water system and improve pressure in the southern end of the borough is on schedule and under budget, according to officials.

The Borough Council last week awarded two more contracts for the project, which is expected to be completed by July 2003.

The project includes installing a third water main, a 2-million-gallon elevated water storage tank and the cleaning and lining of one existing main built in 1911.

Though the project has been on the books for nearly 40 years, timing is crucial, as construction on U.S. 30 is slated to begin this year.


The borough wants to see the new project working by then so the third main could serve as a backup should there be any problems during construction with the two mains, which run along the highway.

The Borough Council agreed last Wednesday to award contracts to the lowest bidders for the water tank and distribution main replacement projects.

The borough will pay $1.736 million for the elevated water tank to be built off Nitterhouse Drive in the Chambers-5 Business Park.

CBI Contractors of Pittsburgh submitted the low bid for the tank, which will have a steel tank and concrete center column, said borough Water Superintendent Carl Rundquist.

The council also agreed to spend an additional $9,000 for a special paint that will add five years to the life of the tank's paint job.

The bid is more than $355,000 lower than engineers expected, Rundquist said.

The second contract awarded Wednesday was for the distribution main replacement that includes 12-inch lining along Coldbrook and Clinton avenues and an additional line on McKinley Street.

The borough received six bids, but the lowest was from Michael Ronca and Sons of Bethlehem, Pa., for $747,200, Rundquist said.

That bid was about $150,000 lower than engineers estimated the project would cost.

In August, a Lebanon, Pa., contractor was awarded the $2.6 million transmission main project.

Two water transmission mains, built in 1911 and 1936, now serve the borough's 7,000 water customers with water from two reservoirs in Caledonia State Park.

The new main will improve supply and pressure for residents in the growing southern end of the borough and eliminate periodic water outages from main breaks under U.S. 30.

Work to lay the new pipe began Dec. 26 and is expected to be completed by late summer, according to Elwood Sord, assistant to the Borough Water and Sewer superintendent.

"As of now there are 5,300 feet of pipe in the ground tapped into the existing main on Route 30," he said.

The contractor is ahead of schedule, slowed by only one day of snow and one day of rain, Sord said.

Work on the water tank can begin in about a month once final contracts are complete. It will take about a year for the tank to be manufactured.

The relining of the old water main is on hold while the borough waits to see what the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's final plans are for U.S. 30.

"Some of the line may have to come out, depending on PennDOT's plans. It's up in the air right now," Sord said.

The project will be paid for with a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority loan of $4.4 million, a $3.36 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a $1 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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