Work on the Town of Hotchkiss' long-anticipated sewer line rehabilitation project is scheduled to begin Sept. 28. Most of the work will be done within the town's alleys, beginning at the alley between Pinon and Cedar streets, and Highway 92 and Hotchkiss Avenue. Contractor Williams Construction will begin moving equipment to the site the week of Sept. 21, according to town engineer Joanne Fagan.
The project will continue at an estimated 50 feet per day, depending on weather and other factors, zigzagging north, and west until it reaches completion in the area between Third and Fourth streets in the area of Big B's.
The contract calls for replacing 6,000 feet of existing sewer line, much of which is made of clay and laid 100 years ago, that is in a state of deterioration, as well as repair and replacement of manholes.
A project map is available at the town's website, townofhotchkiss.com, under "Sewer Main Rehabilitation Notice." While cross streets will remain open, temporary street closures and one-way traffic can occur as the project makes its way across the streets. Daily work will typically begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at around 6:30 p.m.
The contractor is requesting the town reimburse overtime costs related to ongoing inspections while there is enough daylight and when necessary. Fagan said she doesn't believe it will be of significant cost to the town, and allowing them to work a little later might be of benefit, since the more work they can accomplish now, the sooner the job will be complete and less likely it will run into winter when grounds begin to freeze, which could slow work down.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.