Water main replacement Phase I nears halfway mark

Enterprise Consulting Engineer Glenn Morgan told the Enterprise Water Works Board that Phase I of the water main replacement project is about 45-50 percent complete at its last regular meeting on Aug. 21.

Enterprise Water Department Field Superintendent Alan Mahan passed out a map showing the areas that had already been replaced and provided further updates to the council regarding the project.

Enterprise Councilman and Water Works Board Member Eugene Goolsby commented about the work being behind schedule.

“They’re still doing a good job but they’re still not catching up,” Goolsby said.

“They are still running behind,” Mahan said. “They are doing a good job as far as clean up.”

Mahan said he expected Phase I to be completed sometime in late November or December.

Water Works Board Chairman John L. Mitchell expressed concern about the timeframe that Mahan gave.

“That’s pretty aggressive if you think they’ll be done by December or November at the rate we’re at,” Mitchell said.

Morgan said the company is expecting to speed up once they start work on the county roads.

Mahan said the crew is working as fast as they can.

“They’re moving as quickly as possible, it’s just taking a while,” Mahan said.

In other business, Mahan informed the board of the plans for Phase II of the water main replacement project. He said that he hopes to advertise the project out sometime in October.

“If we advertise in October, it looks like there would probably—sometime in Decemeber—be a notice to proceed on Phase II,” Mahan said. “So we’d get to a point where we’re winding down on Phase I. Plan to get one phase at a time because it keeps me running pretty hard with the contractors.”

Morgan told the board that the plans for Phase II are ready. He said the city had already received its permit from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for the project and expected the permit from the Alabama Department of Transportation to be received “in the not too distant future.”

He also updated the board saying that he expected to have bids for the well 10 rehabilitation project ready for the next meeting if the board decided to go forward with that project.

Mahan said that well is about 20 years old.

Morgan told the board that ALDOT in Montgomery had received the utility agreement for the five-lane project on AL-167.

“They responded with some comments on the agreement that we are addressing,” Morgan said. “I guess it’s in Montgomery and they are reviewing it.”

The Enterprise Water Works Board meets at noon monthly at city hall in the mayor’s conference room. The meeting is open to the public. Those interested in being notified of the meetings can contact Beverly Sweeney at bsweeney@enterpriseal.gov.

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