The downtown Main Street water pipe project is heading into the finL stretch , city officials said Thursday.
Dennis Tharp, City of Ottawa director of utilities, said all the pipe is in and the services are switched over. The project, which included replacing the water mains from the Marais des Cygnes bridge to Fifth Street on both sides of Main Street, just has a few “miscellaneous items” left to complete.
“For all practical purposes the water line project is done,” Tharp said. “We are really in clean up mode at this point in time. We need to finish up the little miscellaneous stuff that exists. We did a walk through last week. We had some concrete issues that concerned us, so they are going back and tearing out some concrete that they have poured and doing it again. We have to finish up the corners that were disturbed. We have to go back in and clean them up so they will be ready to plant again. There is a little bit of curb work that is left. The contractor will come in and replace the striping that was there for the parking areas.”
The final piece of the project will be placing asphalt in the trenches when the weather heats up, Tharp said.
“Our only goal is to see the finality,” Tharp said. “We want to make sure it is put back as we found it.”
The utility director said the project went as smoothly as possible.
“I am not sure how we could have gone a whole lot better,” Tharp said. “We had some hiccups. The things we had to deal with were dealt with in a timely manner by both us and the contractor.”
The contract called for the project to be completed in 165 working days. Tharp said the contractor is right on schedule.
“At the this point in time, if it continues like it has, we have enough days to finish up the miscellaneous and we will end up about two days short of that 165 days,” Tharp said. “We will be right there. That is 165 days they were able to work. We had some weather-related things and we had a car show and tractor show that took place in the middle of it that we did some extra clean up for. They have been here for more than 165 days, but not days they could actually get things done.”
Tharp said the new water pipes should last 50 or 60 years.
“The type of pipe we put in is the newest technology out there,” he said. “There is huge difference with the longevity of this plastic technology in comparison to some of the older technology. The pipe we had in the ground lasted a good 35 years. I would expect they will see a couple of directors before they have to approach that downtown piping [project] again.”