You don’t have to have a great memory to recall all those detours you had to take on the way to work because of broken waterlines in the city of Portsmouth.
Portsmouth City Manager Derek K. Allen is proposing replacing the 30-inch watermain from the Sunrise Reservoir.
Allen said he is requesting Portsmouth City Council authorize a resolution authorizing the city of Portsmouth to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Appalachian Regional Commission Grant program and to execute contracts as required.
Allen said the city is applying for $250,000 of ARC funding, but it is still unknown whether or not the ARC funding will be in the federal budget.
The project consists of the rehabilitation of an existing 30-inch cast iron potable water transmission main with a slip lining and open trench.
“What we’re in the process of doing now is trying to obtain some funding,” Portsmouth Waterworks Director Sam Sutherland told the Daily Times in 2016. “We’re going to pull a liner through that pipe, and essentially, instead of digging up the street, laying a whole new pipe, and having to replace the asphalt and all that, if it works out the way we’ve got it planned with the engineers, we’ll be able to just do several small holes, pull a liner through the middle of that pipe, reconnect everything and you will essentially have a new pipe inside this old one.”
Strand and Associates preliminary opinion of the probable construction cost for the Sunrise Reservoir project shows an estimated total of $3,260,000.
Could the city float a bond to pay for the project?
“We could issue bonds but we are getting grants, zero percent loans and then part is a low interest loan that we plan paying off early,” Allen said.
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