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Waterline near Maverick Road to move

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board approved a contract with NST Construction to relocate a SAWS water line near Maverick Road bridge at its meeting Wednesday. The 60-day contract was bid at $124,136.

Sheridan County and the Wyoming Department of Transportation have accessed funds to replace the bridge, and the water line must be moved to accommodate the new bridge that has a wider span, SAWS Project Manager Dan Coughlin said.

“SAWS has a water main which does a little jog around the existing bridge that’s out there,” Coughlin said. “That bridge is old, and the county and WYDOT have an opportunity to use some funds that they have access to to put in a new bridge. That bridge is big enough where our water line’s in the way, even though we thought we jogged enough. So we have to move the line again a little bit further away.”

The water line will be moved 30 feet on the west side of the bridge and 20 feet on the east side of the bridge, EnTech Consultant and Project Engineer Michael Evans said.

The county had to secure two temporary construction easements near the location for use as a staging area and for relocating the pipe. The 1.4-acre staging area will cost $200 per week for an estimated total of $1,600. The landowner whose land will be disturbed by the actual relocation has agreed to a $500 construction easement fee.

Coughlin said the bridge replacement should clean up the area since the new bridge has a wider span and higher clearance and trash and brush will be less likely to get stuck around the bridge.

Construction on the water main is expected to begin in one to two weeks and be finished in less than 60 days. WYDOT will bid the bridge replacement project in February or March and work should begin in spring or summer 2014.

The Maverick Road bridge will be closed for approximately one week during the water line relocation. During the bridge replacement project, the bridge will be removed and the road closed for the duration of the project, Evans said.

In other business:

• SAWS board members heard progress reports from Coughlin on the progress of conventional treatment upgrades to the Sheridan and Big Goose Water Treatment Plants. Coughlin said construction continues at the Sheridan Water Treatment Plant, which is bigger and older and required more work than the Big Goose plant. Work at Big Goose is expected to begin in late winter or early spring 2014, Coughlin said.

• Coughlin said SAWS is still awaiting approval from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality on preliminary designs for booster station upgrades that will make the pumps more efficient and provide back-up power in case of power outages.

“We’re going to re-visit it and try to move things along,” Coughlin said.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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