For those working on the City of Brazil's Water System Improvements Projects, Old Man Winter can take a break.
After meeting with contractors and project managers Tuesday morning, Hannum, Wagle Engineering Project Engineer Matthew Pierce spoke with The Brazil Times about where things currently stand.
"Currently, about half of the water meters are in, and installation of the rest really depends on the weather," Pierce said. "Also, we are still waiting to finalize the schedule for installing the remainder of the fire hydrants, but we are keeping in touch with the Brazil City Fire Department so the hydrants can be put in spots that put them in the best situation."
Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times the notice to proceed on the water tower near Interstate-70 has been signed off on, and a groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled.
"The contractors (Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind.) are set to begin construction on that tower next week, weather pending of course," she said. "We are inviting the public to come to the groundbreaking, which will be at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 26."
City Engineer Brian Pohlar told The Brazil Times the ceremony will be near the northwest corner of the intersection of State Road 59 and County Road 450 North.
Regarding the 750,000-gallon composite water tank at Craig Park, Pierce said some work has begun.
"The 70-foot riser beams have already been placed in the ground, while load transfer beams are sitting on reaction piles waiting to be tested," he said. "Caldwell Tanks (Louisville, Ky.) will need those results before they can start creating the pilings for the construction."
"Obviously, the current tower can't come down before the new one is up," Pierce said. "But, by starting on the specifications now, hopefully demolition can start in December or early 2012, which will be immediately after both water towers are completed."
Pierce added contractors are still in the process of setting up the electrical components on the new well, which could include installing a new bank of transformers to allow adequate power generation for the pumps.
"One of the contractors said the building for the new well is up, but they are waiting on some of the other aspects, like metal and concrete, to complete it," he said. "Also, while the generator is here, they are waiting to install it in order to be able to test it and the new radio communications tower out at the same time."
While winter weather has slowed some advancement on the projects, Pierce said it was expected and he anticipates greater progress as the temperatures increase.
"We figured winter would impede progress a little, which is why we wanted to get all the water mains before the cold and snow started," he told The Brazil Times. "So we are still in a good position to complete everything on schedule."