April 10, 2013
Dam repairs pushed back
County looks to next spring for work as culvert will be fixed this year
LITTLE YORK — The county will repair a deteriorating culvert near Little York Lake dam this year, while the long-awaited Little York Lake Dam replacement is being pushed into next year.
The Highway Committee on Tuesday authorized Highway Superintendent Don Chambers to shift approximately $150,000 in what is expected to be excess funds from the Telephone Road Extension project, budgeted at $750,000, to the culvert replacement project.
The full Legislature is scheduled to vote on the move April 25. A special meeting of the Highway Committee is set for noon on April 23 to award bids for the Telephone Road Extension rehabilitation project. Bids for that are scheduled to be open April 16.
Chambers said the dam replacement and culvert repair are two distinct projects and would not be done at the same time. He said cost savings would be realized by bidding the dam replacement this year but doing the work in spring 2014, as opposed to bidding for the work now and doing the work later this year.
The county had hoped to complete the $1 million dam project later this year.
The county still needs to acquire rights of way, which will take a few months and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will need time to do permit reviews as well, all pushing the work back.
“Doing construction work in colder weather causes quality issues and more engineering costs and more construction costs. So it’s economics as well as ... you end up with a better quality product when you do concrete work in warm weather,” Chambers said.
The structural issues on the culvert came to the department’s attention recently, said Chambers. The structure is buckling more than it should each time it is traveled and although it is not at risk of imminent failure, Chambers said the work should not be put off.
He hopes for a late summer, early fall construction.
The deck would be replaced and the asphalt resurfaced. Each abutment would be replaced and new guardrail would also be put in.
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