Motorists traveling on Stryker Street may expect continued lane closures, but they will be shorter distances.
Bob Seaman, Archbold village engineer, said Monday, crews from S&S Directional Boring, Bryan, completed installing all of the main waterlines along Stryker and Eicher streets last week.
Now, the lines must be pressure-tested for leaks and bacteria tests must be conducted. Once the new lines pass those tests, workers will begin making connections between the main pipelines and individual homes along the route.
During the connection process, there will be times when Stryker Street traffic is reduced to one lane, but those diversions will be shorter.
The project has a completion date of Oct. 1. Seaman said the project is running on time.
“The contractor started later than we thought they would, and they’ve had a couple of mechanical breakdowns,” Seaman said.
The primary reason for replacing the waterlines was red water complaints.
Seaman said the old pipeline is made of iron.
It is rusting internally, and rust particles are appearing in water delivered to homes.
It can be a problem when residents wash clothes– the iron particles can cause stains.
Also, while the line has not had major problems with breaks or leaks, it’s only four inches in diameter, and does not provide sufficient capacity.
Along Stryker Street, the line was replaced by a 12- inch pipe.
Eicher Street received an eight-inch pipe.
The old pipeline will be abandoned in place.
In the process being used to install the waterlines, a specialized horizontal boring machine bores a hole underground along the route of the new line.
Once the boring is com- plete, a device called a reamer is passed through to increase the size of the borehole.
Then the pipeline is pulled through the borehole.
S&S offered to complete the project, installing 1,400 linear feet of waterline, for $361,920.
The bid was $9,750 under the bid of Gleason Construction, Holland, which offered to install the pipeline using the traditional open-trench method for $371,490.
Both bids were over the engineer’s estimated cost.
Council selected its bid during the June 16 meeting.– David Pugh