2018 Water & Sewer Rehab Projects
Schedule 1: North 27th Street West Water Main Replacement
Work will begin in October.
See the attached exhibit for an overview of the upcoming work areas and general project status.
July 16, 2018 Update:
See the attached “Weekly Update” maps for an overview of the active work areas and general project status for Zone A and Zone B.
Work this week will consist of the contractor continuing open cut construction replacement of sewer main in the alley generally bounded between Clark Avenue and Yellowstone Avenue from 2nd Street West to 1st Street West. Construction crews will be in alleys replacing manholes and sewer main, and will restore the surface once construction of the sewer in the alley is complete. Construction will shift to the alley generally bounded between Lewis Avenue and Clark Avenue from 1st Street West and 2nd Street West once the Clark/Yellowstone section from 2nd to 1st is complete. In addition to alley closures, traffic control will shift around with the manhole replacement and will consist of local street closures around the construction area. Access for area residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration.
Zone BWork this week will consist of the contractor replacing manholes in the alleys generally bounded between Avenue B and Grand Avenue from 22nd Street West to 24th Street West and from 17th Street West to just past 18th Street West. The manholes are being replaced prior to trenchless installation of the sewer main which will occur at a later date. Once the manholes have been replaced for trenchless restoration, the contractor will begin open cut construction by replacing sewer main in the alley generally bounded between Avenue B and Grand Avenue from just past 18th Street West to 19th Street West. Construction crews will be in alleys replacing manholes and sewer main, and will restore the surface once construction of the sewer in the alley is complete. In addition to alley closures, traffic control will shift around with the manhole replacement and will consist of local street closures around the construction area. Access for area residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration.
Thank you for your patience and consideration as the Contractor performs work in your area.
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.