By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW – The City Council awarded a more than half million dollar contract to Bidigare Contractors of Plymouth July 17 to replace water mains on Pennsylvania between Grange and Kennebec.
C.E. Raines, the city’s engineering firm, will perform the construction and field engineering, which includes the inspection and testing.
Based on the bids received, City Engineer Souheil Sabak of C.E. Raines recommend the contract be awarded to Bidigare for $647,692 for water main replacement using a pipe bursting method.
C.E. Raines will paid about $70,000 to oversee the project.
Pipe bursting is done to replace buried pipelines without the need for trenching, with a bursting head, pulled by a cable, guides the expander through the existing pipe, then pulls the new pipe into place behind it.
The council authorized bids in February after it was reported that the water main section was experiencing chronic breaks due to its age, and was becoming costly to repair. Funds were approved in the 2016-17 fiscal year budget, and will be carried forward into the current year.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])