Steady progress is being made on the City of Brazil's Water System Improvements Project.
"All the crews and contractors are working extremely hard to get as much done as they can before the extremes of winter hit the area," Mayor Ann Bradshaw said.
As of Oct. 22, more than three miles (16,925 linear feet) of new water lines have been installed. Of the total amount, 5,765 feet has been 6-inch pipe, 1,930 feet has been 10-inch pipe, and 8,290 feet is 12-inch pipe, while there has been 940 feet of 16-inch pipe installed.
In addition to the new lines, there have been 34 new hydrants installed, along with the installation of new water mains at the following locations:
* White Rock Road,
* Interstate-70/State Road 59/SR 42,
* Frontage Road,
* Waterworks Road/Craig Park,
* Central Avenue,
* North McGuire Street,
* North Chicago Street, and
* Knight Street.
More mains are still to be installed along Mechanic Street and at IVC Industrial Coatings, and, at this point, no new water meters have been installed.
"We have made a lot of progress to this point, but there is still a lot left to be done," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "Everyone is working together, and progress and improvements are starting to show."
Regarding the construction of the water towers, the foundation of the Craig Park tower should begin in the next couple of weeks as officials are waiting for shop drawings to be competed and approved, while drawings are currently being reviewed for the 250,000 gallon tower near I-70, in which contractors are waiting for the notice to proceed in January.
In the city's well field, the newest well has been drilled and the screen is currently being installed, while the well building should begin construction the week of Nov. 1.
For the last division of projects -- a new booster station and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system -- the review process of shop drawings are still taking place.
During the course of the construction and installation to this point, the city and contractors have come across a few issues.
* The existing 10-inch main along Central Avenue stops at McGuire Street, meaning the new line must be extended approximately an additional 750 feet east to connect the lines. The Brazil Board of Public Works and Public Safety will have to review and approve a change of work order to allow the additional line to be installed,
* An additional section of line on South Chicago Street may need to be added to the list of projects because the current 6-inch line does not extend as far as expected, and
* It may be needed to bore across State Road 340 to complete the work of an existing 16-inch water main near SR 340 and Waterworks Road.
"With the bids for the projects less than the total amount of funding the city received, we have some breathing room to do additional work on issues that come up," Bradshaw said. "Overall, I am pleased with the dedication the contractors and workers have shown, and when it is all said and done, the residents of Brazil will have a much improved water system."