By Steve Woodhouse
Pella — Pavement removal is scheduled to begin Saturday, Aug. 24, in the area of Hazel from Jackson Street, south to Lincoln.
According to a Public Works flyer, the project will include the complete street replacement of Hazel from Washington to Jefferson. This will include replacement of the existing six inch water main with an eight inch water main, including new water services to curb stop, replacing two segments of sanitary sewer, lining the remaining existing sanitary sewer main and installation of a new storm sewer, secondary storm sewer and intakes, including sub-drains.
Public Works Director Denny Buyer said this is a total reconstruction project. The first phase of Stage 1 is nearly complete. The Jefferson and Hazel intersection should be open on Monday.
Overall, this entire project will see the replacement of 8,000 feet of sanitary sewer. Of that, 3,000 feet is already complete.
Included in a portion of this project will be work on a ditch that will force the closure of Marion County Road 240th Place, between Fulton and Vermeer Road.
This is one of four projects mandated by the Department of Natural Resources to address inflow and infiltration issues. The Hazel project will allow sewage to be unloaded into the City's treatment facility. The City has already completed a seven million gallon equalization basin at the treatment plant that can store excess water and runoff until the plant is able to catch up to the extra inflow.
Excess water flows in from illegal sewer connections. Buyert estimates that there may be as many as 70 percent of the homes in Pella are hooked up, either through drains or pumps. The DNR is cracking down on cities to find illegal connections and may some day force the City to remove all of them.
The City has already invested approximately $4 million in inflow and infiltration projects, with one more project, on Fourth Street, planned for the future.
Other projects completed this year include Broadway and Washington, which included a total reconstruction with a new storm sewer, water service and paving.
"The project went very well," Buyert said. TK Concrete was the contractor and finished on schedule.
Norris Asphalt Paving has been awarded a contract for a two-inch Mill and Overlay on East Third from Franklin to Washington, West Third from Franklin to Washington, West Third from University to Peace, Broadway from Adams to Park Lane, Broadway from University to Oskaloosa and the Post Office alley from Broadway to West First. This should begin in September, and Buyert believes that getting in and out of these areas will not be difficult. The asphalt takes only hours to dry, and he believes that a section in front of someone's home could be completed during an average work day.
Buyert said this has been a good year for road work. The dry weather has helped in this area, though he recognizes the struggle local farmers are facing with the lack of rain.
Crews continue to work on water mains, patching and recently finished a 12-inch line from Elm to Waterways Drive.
Looking ahead to winter, Buyert said Public Works' salt bins are full.