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Bridge work halted after water, sewer lines are damaged

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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Surface Creek flows past the Jay Avenue bridge work site last week where construction was halted after a backhoe operator damaged a water main and sewer line.

Work was halted on the Jay Avenue bridge replacement last week after an equipment operator hit a main water line and a sewer line and both had to be repaired. Also, the long President's Day weekend was being used as a pause in construction activity to complete a set of final plans for the project, trustees were told.

Cedaredge Public Works co-director Jerry Young reported the contractor's mishaps to the town board on Feb. 16.

Young said the incidents were the fault of a backhoe operator who was digging in an area where he shouldn't have been. "We spent all week" fixing the two lines, he told trustees.

There is a six-inch main water line in the area which during planning last year had forced a change of the bridge's original design.

The main discharge line from Cedaredge's new sewage treatment plant into Surface Creek is also located there.

In addition, there is a natural gas line in the construction area, according to reports.

Repair on the two damaged lines has halted progress on the already delayed project. Last summer town officials were hoping for work to be completed by the end of 2016. But the presence of utility lines forced a change in the bridge's design.

The town board has discussed an approaching spring deadline that threatens to see grant funds for the $400,000-plus project withdrawn if it is not completed in time.

Young noted that work has been progressing on the new bridge design using "preliminary plans."

No work was being done on the project last Friday, and the long holiday weekend was to be used for a chance to draw up final plans, Young said.

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