September brought continued progress with utility work both above and below ground. New electric distribution was energized from just north of Shorty Barnes back to Firetower Road. Crews will begin transferring service taps and will wreck out old line as they go. Gas crews installed additional 6-inch main as well as completed service ties in the 1.5 mile section of new main that was energized in August. Water line crews made a bore under Peavine at Stone Loop #2 for the installation of a fire hydrant in front of Landscape Solutions. Only a few water service relocations remain on the first section of the job. Rogers Group installed several thousand feet of portable concrete barrier wall that will protect workers and drivers in certain areas. This wall was set now as scheduling allowed and so that it will be in place when work begins in these areas. Grading crews continued with borrow dirt installation, mainly near Westminster, storm drainage installation and cut slope and ditch near the beginning of the project on the right side up towards Stone Loop #1.
October will see continued storm drainage to be installed along with borrow dirt in fill areas and the movement of material from onsite cuts. The stream diversion on Westminster will complete and the first portion of the new box culvert will be constructed. Gas crews will test the remaining section of new 6” main from Cherry Branch all the way down to St. George. Once tested the line will be energized and services connections will be transferred. Electric crews will complete their service transfers in the next week and Comcast is scheduled to begin work on the new distribution poles. New water line installation should start at St. George and progress towards Westminster. Electric crews will begin concentrating on pole installation North from St. George well into the second phase of the project.
As October is normally a dry month there will be a quite a bit of activity on the project from Firetower Road all the way to Weigel’s. Please keep this in mind when traveling through the project. Keeping an eye on your speed as well as traffic control devices, equipment and workers is much appreciated. If you have questions on the work being performed, please shoot us an email through the website email address.
Thanks for your continued support during the construction!