The Town of Hotchkiss announced that it is in the final days of its $1.8 million sanitation line upgrade project.
The project was originally scheduled to begin at the end of July 2015, and after some delays, contractor Williams Construction broke ground in late September. The project involved replacement of manholes and just under 7,000 linear feet of existing clay sewer pipes with new PVC pipe. Of the existing line, about 99 percent was installed more than a century ago, most of it within the town's alleyways.
Because the bid came in below original engineering cost estimates, Williams also installed additional manholes to improve line access, and added a seep line in the Pinion Drive area to prevent possible back-ups.
"This replaced all but two very short sections of the old butted clay tile sewer mains," said public works director Mike Owens. The sections that were not replaced remain in good condition.
"The replacement of the old butted clay pipe with new PVC pipe has reduced the groundwater infiltration into our wastewater treatment plant by at least 50,000 gallons per day," said Owens. "This will also extend the life of the wastewater treatment plant."
While the sewer line replacement portion of the project is complete, restoration work in the project area remains ongoing. That project includes replacement of asphalt and concrete where streets were dug up. Most of that work will happen on Oak Street between Bridge and Main streets, and on Main Street between Oak and First streets, according to Owens. Additional work will be done on Fourth Street below the archway to the Delta County Fairgrounds.
According to Owens, 950 lineal feet of Second Street between Bridge and Orchard streets will be rebuilt curb to curb. Tht work is expected to begin by July 2. The town will remove some of the road crown and improve the sub-base. Once preparation work is done, the Delta County Road and Bridge crew will lay the new asphalt.
Funding for the project is through a $1,100,322 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Matching funds from the Town of Hotchkiss in the amount of $778,420 brings the total cost of the project to $1,878,784, according to Owens. A large portion of the Second Street rehabilitation project funding will come from the town's capital projects budget.