Aurora -- The city is moving ahead with another major waterline replacement project, this time in the Meadowview section of Walden.
At its March 11 meeting, City Council approved a $33,338 contract with Foresight Engineering Group to do engineering work on the waterline.
According to Service Director John Trew, 2,770 linear feet of pipe which was first placed in the ground in the 1960s will be replaced on Meadowview, Bramble Lane, Cedar and Heather Lane, which are just west of South Bissell Road.
Trew said the existing ductile iron pipe will be replaced with polyvinyl chloride plastic pipe, which should last for dozens of years.
Trew added the city will receive $275,000 in 20-year interest-free Issue 2 state funds for the project, which is estimated to cost $600,000. Bids likely will be received in late June or early July, with work hopefully starting in August.
He said the project should take three to four months.
"We will place the line down the center of the road, and there will be some minor inconvenience for residents, but it shouldn't be a lot of disruption," said Trew.
The service director noted this will be the second major waterline project in Walden in recent years. The other one was about a $700,000 project in the Windward Drive area.
The Meadowview project is one of several waterline replacements the city has tackled in recent years.
A couple of years ago, a $1.2 million project replaced lines along Nautilus Trail, which were originally installed in the 1960s, and lines in the Shawnee Trail and surrounding area, which were installed in the 1920s.
That project was more expensive than the Walden projects because extensive sidewalk work was required, according to Trew.
ABOUT FOUR years, the city replaced a line installed in the 1920s along East Garfield Road at a cost of $1.4 million. It also required significant sidewalk work.
And in conjunction with the city switching to Cleveland water, several hundred feet of line was installed along Route 43 between Orchard Avenue and the Route 43 north water tower at a cost of $900,000.
Trew said a couple of the projects came up unexpectedly because of a rash of waterline breaks.
Because of the unexpected projects and the fact that water tie-in revenue has dropped because of a lull in residential construction, Finance Director Bob Paul has cautioned Council that the water capital fund is running low.
Council recently enacted an $80 per year water capital fee for most water users to boost revenue in the fund, and Paul said tie-in revenue has risen in the first couple of months of 2013 as residential construction picks up.
The city will start receiving the water capital revenue from the new fee in the second quarter of this year.
Trew said the projects the city has tackled in recent years have upgraded much of the water distribution system, but there still are some lines dating to the 1920s that must be replaced, particularly in the Highlands neighborhood.
"Those probably will have to be addressed in the future, but as of now we have no timeline for the projects," he said. "We hope the lines will last until we can budget sufficient money to take care of them."
Trew emphasized the city's charge for water is low compared to some nearby cities, and he added officials are hoping to keep it that way.
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