After meeting with contractors recently for a monthly progress update, representatives with the City of Brazil and Hannum, Wagle and Cline (HWC) Engineering, Terre Haute, spoke with The Brazil Times about the current status of the Brazil Water System Improvements Project.
For the 750,000-gallon composite water tank being constructed by Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., at Craig Park, the foundation has been completed and the company has begun erecting the concrete pedestal.
"A couple of the rings have already been poured," HWC Project Engineer Matthew Pierce said about the tower, which will be approximately 170-feet tall. "According to the schedule Caldwell has submitted, they plan to have the pedestal, which will be 120-130-feet tall, completed in mid-late April."
Pierce added Caldwell will also asphalt the north entrance road into the park once the tower is completed, and are using concrete from Irving Materials, Inc., Brazil, to construct the pedestal.
However, the recent wet weather has slowed progress on the smaller, 250,000-gallon spheroid-style tower on Frontage Road (County Road 450 North), approximately one-half mile west of State Road 59.
"Right now, the majority of the foundation is in, and they were waiting for the weather to comply before they pour the top of it," HWC Professional Engineer Brian Pohlar said. "With the way the forecast looked, they anticipated completing the foundation by March 17."
Pohlar added the suggestion was made during the meeting for Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind., who is constructing the tower, to stabilize the ground before installing the poles due to the rain creating a bit of a muddy mess at the site.
Plans are also in the works to begin installing more of the fire hydrants and water meters.
Brazil Assistant Supervisor of Water Distribution Stoney Lalen said approximately 350 of the meters have been installed, and the final 80 or so hydrants are ready to be hooked up.
"None have been put in since about mid-December because of winter," he said. "But we're ready to start finishing the installations with the weather starting to break."
Both Lalen and Pierce said officials will be contacting the Insurance Service Organization (ISO) to determine what the regulations are in replacing "dead" hydrants on certain lines.
"The rules say the hydrants must be on at least a 6-inch line, but I'm not sure if there are different regulations for straight replacement in the same location," Pierce said.
According to Lalen, there are at least 19 "dead" plugs on 4-inch lines throughout the city.
In other portions of the project, officials are currently considering hooking up a subdivision near Water Works Road (County Road 200 West) to the 16-inch line in the area, which could allow for the existing 4-inch lines to be capped and abandoned.
Meanwhile, after initially thinking the Indiana Department of Transportation would be upgrading the lighting on the Interstate-70 off ramp, officials realized it was not the case and INDOT is requesting the work to be completed by the end of the month. Midwestern Electric, Indianapolis, has provided an estimate of $7,430 for the work.
In addition, a tentative schedule has been submitted for the installation of a new booster station and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
According to the schedule, which was provided by Engineered Fluid, Inc., Centralia, Ill., the anticipated date for the start of construction on the station is April 18, while May 26 would be the start of operations for the station, along with the SCADA system connections with it and the Water Treatment Plant.
The SCADA may also be able to be temporarily hooked up to the current tower on Vandalia Street, then switched over to both the Craig Park and I-70 towers when they are complete.