2016 Water & Sewer Rehab Projects

Schedule 1 / Will James Area
Water Main Replacement Project Phase 2

August 22, 2016 Update:

This will be the final project update, as the work has nearly reached completion.  See the attached exhibit for an overview of the general project status and completed work areas.  Work during the remainder of this week will consist of asphalt paving on 30th Street West between Grand Avenue and Lewis Avenue and on Lewis Avenue between 30th Street West and Maywood Drive.  30th Street West will continue to be closed to thru traffic until Wednesday, however limited local access will be maintained to Will James Middle School and for area residents.  All major work will be completed prior to the beginning of the school year on Thursday, August 25.  A few minor work items and general project cleanup may extend into next week.

Schedule 2B - Sanitary Sewer Main Replacement

October 10, 2016 Update:

See the attached “Schedule 2B Weekly Update” map for an overview of the active work areas and general project status.  All of the sewer main and storm main replacement has been completed.   The contractor will continue cleanup in the area and gravel, asphalt and approach restoration.  Access for area residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration.     

MDU will continue their project replacing the gas main and services in the alley bounded between Burlington Avenue and Lewis Avenue from 3rd Street West to 4th Street West.  

Schedule 3 - 17th Street West

September 2, 2016 Update:

The 17th Street West project is wrapping up and this will be the last project update.  See the attached Schedule 3 project map for an overview of the project work areas.  This week the Contractor completed the asphalt paving for the remaining project areas and worked on landscape restoration and miscellaneous site cleanup.  Next week the Contractor plans to complete the paint striping in the street and any other remaining site cleanup items.  Two-way traffic will be maintained in 17th Street West during the paint striping and remaining work items.  Thank you for your patience during construction of this project!

WO 16-07 -- I90 Water Main Crossing 


September 2, 2016 Update:

See the attached WO16-07 I-90 Project Map for an overview of current and upcoming work areas.  The Contractor is continuing to work on the bore and installation of pipe under Hogan’s Slough, railroad tracks, Interstate 90, and South Frontage Road.  The Contractor is also working on cleaning up and adding gravel to the trench areas in South 24th Street and East Lane.  South 24th Street West is closed to two-way through traffic; however, local access to residents and businesses is provided.  The East Lane detour will remain in place until the trench area is paved and the street is open to through traffic; however, local access to residents and businesses is provided.    



Thank you for your patience and consideration as the Contractor performs work in your area.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the construction project can be directed to the following:
Schedule 1
 Paul A. Swenson • Senior Municipal Engineer • Dowl 
(406) 869-6301 • pswenson@dowl.com

Schdule 2B
 Kurtis Deshaw, PE • Water/Wastewater Engineer • Morrison-Maierle, Inc.
(406) 656-6000 • kdeshaw@m-m.net

WO 16-07 - Schedule 3
Jeff Heidner, PE,CFM • Senior Engineer/Project Manager • Sanderson Stewart (406) 656-5255 • jheidner@sandersonstewart.com
Program History  
The City of Billings Water and Sanitary Sewer Replacement Projects were initiated in 1979 as part of an overall strategy to keep the City’s water distribution system and sanitary sewer collection system in the best possible overall condition.With only a few exceptions, the City has replaced water and sewer mains each year since 1979.

Indicators of Replacement Needs
A number of indicators are utilized to identify areas of the system needing replacement and generally include:
  • System capacity analysis
  • Water main break history
  • Sanitary sewer back-up complaints
  • Sanitary sewer root intrusion maintenance activity
  • Sanitary sewer video analysis
  • Public Works Department street improvement projects


Generally, the replacement projects scheduled in any given year are first prioritized based on coordination with plans the Engineering Division has to improve City streets. City resources are best utilized and the public best served when marginal water and sanitary sewer systems in streets scheduled for improvement are replaced along with the street improvements; this way, newer streets are not cut for utility replacement long into the foreseeable future.

Secondly, an attempt is made to concentrate water and sewer replacement projects in a limited number of geographical areas each project year.By replacing systems in only a few areas each construction season, the City does not burden it’s customers in that area with construction-related inconveniences for multiple years within a reasonable time span.Also, the City is able to obtain more competitive bid prices on the work performed if the projects are not scattered throughout the City.

The Distribution and Collection Division prioritizes portions of the system for replacement on a rolling five year schedule; this schedule must remain flexible and project priorities change frequently based on changing public needs from year to year. The amount of work actually performed each year is based on available budget.Recent annual project budgets have been on the order of about $3.5 million each for water and sanitary sewer replacement.In the last five years, the lineal footage of water and sewer replacements have been on the order of 7,500 to 12,500 feet each for water and sewer.