Ten-year plan of City infrastructure construction begins
Upgrading aging City of Hood River infrastructure, some dating back to the late 1800s, is vital to the City’s future livability. The first phase of the decade-long Water/Sewer Pipe Reconstruction plan kicked off this month. The project replaces aged and deteriorated clay sewer pipes and lead-jointed drinking water pipes.
The first phase consists of three projects in this Fiscal Year, beginning with sewer and water line replacement projects on Cascade Avenue between 15th to 18th that began August 16th and will continue for a few more months. The second project is along multiple sections on Sherman Avenue, between Front Street and 6th Street, and between 9th and 12th Street with a small section along Sherman Avenue west of 13th Street. This project will begin late August. The final project of this phase will be on Prospect Avenue between 1st to 7th Street with construction beginning in the spring of 2022. Originally also planned for late summer, the Prospect Avenue project has been delayed by PVC material supply shortages. A spring start date will ensure paving can occur in dry weather.
The Cascade Ave. project includes construction of approximately 879 linear feet of new water main and services and 865 linear feet of new sewer main and services. Sidewalk, curb and guardrail replacement, and replacing two manholes will also take place. Beam Excavating will handle this project with the low bid at $635,000. All three projects are in this year’s budget for Water Fund Capital Outlay and the Sewer Fun Capital Outlay.
The Sherman Ave. project includes construction of approximately 975 linear feet of new water main and services and 2,100 linear feet of new sewer main and services. Sidewalk, curb replacement, and street paving will also take place. Beam Excavating was awarded this project with the low bid just over $1.6 million.
The Prospect Ave. project includes over 2,000 linear feet of new water main and services, plus 1,604 linear feet of sewer main and services. Sidewalk and curb surface restoration, and road reconstruction are included in the project. Crestline Construction was awarded the contract for this project with the low bid just over $1.5 million.
All City of Hood River clay pipes and lead-jointed waterlines are slated for replacement or rehabilitation by 2030. The decade-long plan developed by City Public Works provides for engineering each fall and construction following in summer. Despite their name, city-owned lead-jointed water lines pose no risk to public drinking water; however, they are past their useful life and are mandated to be replaced. Where possible, this work will use trenchless methods to minimize traffic disruption. For questions, contact City Public Works at 541-387-5201. This link shows a map of the City’s pipes and near-term projects.
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