Just like the temperatures, the two new water towers continue to go up.
Following a monthly status meeting with contractors, Hannum, Wagle and Cline (HWC) Project Engineer Matthew Pierce spoke to The Brazil Times about progress on the Brazil Water System Improvements Project.
"The steel erection of the 250,000-gallon tower near Interstate-70 is just about complete," Pierce said. "The steel foreman with Caldwell Tanks (Louisville, Ky.) anticipated finishing up by Thursday at the latest."
Pierce added it should be about three weeks before the next crew comes in to sandblast and paint the tower, which at that point, would be ready for the electrical components to be installed.
City Engineer Brian Pohlar, who is also a professional engineer with HWC, said construction of the tower has created some preliminary interest in properties on the southern half of the State Road 59/42 intersection, but no specifics are available at this time.
"If a business wants to build in the area south of Burger King, we may have to extend some of the existing water lines in order to connect them," Pohlar said.
For the 750,000-gallon tower being constructed at Craig Park by Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind., crews began work on the tank July 6, and should be finished within the next few weeks.
"The tank is being constructed at ground level, around the base of the pedestal," Pierce told The Brazil Times. "Once it is completed, it will be painted before being jacked to the top and secured."
Plans are also in place to get the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system brought online at both the new well and booster station in early August.
Pierce said Duke Energy is in the middle of a three-step process this week to get power to the booster station, which is located on the west side of SR 59, about one-tenth mile south of County Road 750 North.
"The pole and transformers are there, and we are just waiting for Duke to bore under the road to get the power hooked up," he said. "Also, there is a goal date of Aug. 8 set to bring the SCADA online at the station and well, which is where we also need to terminate some of the fiberoptics."
Pierce added getting the SCADA online will be a huge boost for the well because radio communications were lost at the site a few weeks ago.
He also said the proposal for the installation of new water lines across SR 340 at Water Works Road (CR 200 W) have been submitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation for consideration.
"From what I have heard so far, INDOT wants us to open cut the road and remove the railroad tracks," Pierce said. "Then they want us to mill the section before resurfacing. This is all something we would like to get done before school starts so bus routes are not affected."
Pierce told The Brazil Times there are only two or three properties remaining for restoration to be completed, and Pohlar added the remaining hydrants that have not been installed could serve another purpose.
"It may be possible that the city could furnish the hydrants as part of its 10-percent match on the United States 40 project," Pohlar said. "A plug has to be put in about every 400 feet, so there would probably need to be about 40 hydrants put in along the 3-mile stretch."
Currently, the city has hit a snag in installing new hydrants as they cannot be placed on 4-inch water lines, and there are about 50 hydrants remaining.