07/18/2013, The final striping is being placed today (7/18) and the road should open this afternoon. With the extensive rain we missed the anticipated completion date of July 14th by only 4 days. The contractor will continue to be on site to perform site clean-up and minor punch-list work but West Line Road will be open for use. This will be our last weekly update.
07/11/2013, The backfill of the structure is complete. The stream bed has been restored and the stream diversion removed. The contractor is working to restore the stream bank placing the stone rip rap and topsoil. The area is expected to be seeded and mulched by early next week (week of 7/15). The contractor has begun restoring the roadway. Placement of stone base will be complete early next week followed by asphalt paving and striping. Weather permitting the road is expected to be reopened by Friday July 19, 2013.(See Photo)
07/03/2013, The structure has been set and the post tensioning completed (see photo). The contractor is presently working on grouting the lifting and post tensioning holes in the structure. The contractor has begun placing the stream bed fill through the channel. They will continue working through the holiday weekend. Next week activities will be to backfill the structure and continue grading the stream bed.
As of 6/27/2013, the stream has subsided after the extreme rainfall that occurred the first two weeks of the contract (6 inches of rain fell those two weeks compared to 3.4 inches on average for the entire month of June). The contractor has completed the stream diversion and has begun excavation. As of right now two of the three existing pipes are removed. It is anticipated that by the end of today (6/27) the third pipe will be removed. Friday (6/28) will be spent finalizing the excavation and placing the subbase stone. The precast footers have been delivered to the site and are expected to be placed on Saturday (6/29). The contractor is also planning on working Sunday (6/30).
Next week's activities are to place the precast frame structure and wingwalls and begin post tensioning. Depending on the progress the contractor may begin backfilling as well.
As of today (6/20/2013) the contractor is still working to get the stream diversion in place. Due to the rains this week, the stream has risen an additional 6-8 inches, reaching a level that the pumps being used by the contractor cannot keep up and the water is overtopping the dike. The contractor had acquired another larger pump but is still unable to keep up with the flow of the stream. Due to the lost weather days, the Contractor is presently 9 days behind schedule but plans to work 7 days a week, 10 hours a day to get back on schedule. The contract contains specific language requiring the Contractor to provide adequate equipment to successfully divert the stream to allow work to be performed. In the event the contractor does not complete the work within the allotted contract time and no time extensions are justified, the Contractor will be subject to liquidated damages (a financial penalty) assessed for each day beyond the completion date, so it is in the Contractor's best interest to get back on schedule. Next week's activities are to complete the stream diversion and begin the removal of the existing pipes (weather permitting).
As of 6/14/2013 the contractor is still working to get the stream diversion in place. With the recent rain events the stream has risen to a level that the pumps being used by the contractor cannot keep up and the water is over-topping the dike. The contractor is working to acquire another larger pump. Simultaneously the contract has removed the existing hot-mix pavement. Due to the lost weather days we are presently 4 days behind schedule. The contractor still plans to work 7-days a week; 10 hours a day to get back on schedule. Next week's activities are to complete the stream diversion and begin the removal of the existing pipes (weather permitting).