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County to expand Virginia Ave. sewer project

December 03, 2009

The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to expand the scope of a sewer pipe improvement project along Virginia Avenue to take advantage of bids that came in under the budgeted amount.

The change involves installing slip lining, or PVC pipe that is fitted inside the existing concrete pipe, for an additional two runs downstream from where the contract was to terminate, Division of Environmental Management Director Julie Pippel said. The additional section runs under Interstate 81 and is known to have inflow and infiltration problems, she said.

The commissioners approved a $176,475.08 change order that included the additional work, as well as modifications due to actual site conditions being different than those used to calculate the project cost, Pippel said.

The original bid for the Virginia Avenues Gravity Replacement and Slip Lining project was $280,070.44, leaving $159,233.25 left over in the project budget of $626,200, according to Pippel's report.

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The remaining $17,241.83 for the change order will come from the sewer contingency fund, where the county budgets about $50,000 a year to cover situations such as this, Pippel said.

- Heather Keels

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