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US 40 project delayed, water project bids soon

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

While the start date of one major project has been pushed back, the time for bids on others is nearing.

Recently, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced the letting and anticipated construction start dates for the United States 40 project have been pushed back to 2013. As of today, the anticipated letting date for the opening of bids is set for July 2013, with construction to begin at the end of the same year.

"The preliminary engineering on the detention pond, which is needed before the US 40 project can begin, is still going on," Hannum, Wagle and Cline, Terre Haute, Professional Engineer Brian Pohlar told The Brazil Times. "We are gauging the size needed for the pond, assessing the costs associated with it and looking for the necessary funding."

INDOT Public Information Director (Crawfordsville District) Debbie Calder confirmed funding was a major issue from the state's end as well.

"The state had to adjust its funding for capital improvements, partly because of adjustments in the fuel tax," she said. "Project development and right-of-way acquisitions are also ongoing. However, the project could be moved back up should funding become available."

Although the US 40 project looks to be on hold a little while longer, improvements on the City of Brazil's water system looks to be right around the corner.

"The way it is looking right now, the bidding on all the projects -- including the water tower -- will take place in January," Pohlar, who is also the city engineer, said. "The whole package will be bid at once so everything will be set, and the improvements can begin."

Along with a new water tower, which is slated to be constructed on the west side of Craig Park, some of the projects include:

* Constructing a new water well,

* Replace some water mains with larger ones to improve flow, and

* Updating the monitoring system to a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

In total, the planned improvements to the city's water system come at an estimated cost of just more than $4 million.

"We are still completing some of the engineering services, but once the project bids come in, everything should be good to go as we have budgeted funding for the projects," Pohlar said.

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Two things...When is there going to be additional water and sewage run to the I-70 interchange area so as to attract more business (jobs)?

And, when is the city going to uphold their commitment to those of us in the flood plain of creating the holding pond in the area of South Murphy Avenue? This is also a requirement of the State before they begin the US 40 project.

I think we deserve answers (and action) on these!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Oct 8, 2009, at 7:25 AM

I agree with ClayCountyGuy the area near I-70 needs additional water lines and possibly a water tower. For too long this county has had opportunities slip by because of the lack of infrastructure. This county could prosper with new business. We need the revenue and jobs.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Oct 8, 2009, at 8:55 AM

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