Glenwood wastewater plant one-third finished |

Glenwood wastewater plant one-third finished

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Nine months into a 28-month construction schedule, the new $22.3 million city of Glenwood Springs wastewater treatment plant is right on schedule, according to project engineer Chad Paulson of SGM Engineers.

During a brief project update at last week’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting, Paulson said about one-third of the work is complete and approximately 42 percent of the budget spent.

“The contract calls for completion by August 2012, but I’d be surprised if we go that long,” Paulson said.

Work on the new wastewater treatment plant on city-owned property in West Glenwood began last May.

The new plant, located west of the existing municipal operations building, will replace the outdated sewer treatment facility on Seventh Street, near the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.

The construction contract was awarded last spring to Salida-based Moltz Construction for $22.3 million.

“By July (2010) we had most of the dirt work done, and since then have been working on getting the foundation in place,” Paulson said.

Work did slow some when the winter weather hit, but unseasonably warm weather in late November and early December was helpful, he said.

Including engineering and the related work last summer to connect the lift station at the current wastewater treatment plant site to the new location, the total project cost is around $33 million. Some of that overall cost will also cover eventual demolition of the old plant.

Recently, the city also purchased a $1.2 million piece of property along Devereux Road that could be used for water and wastewater department operations, city manager Jeff Hecksel said.

However, that site may be used instead for electric department operations if the city decides to consolidate water and wastewater operations at the municipal operations center, he said.

Once operations are transferred to the new facility and the old sewer plant is torn down, the city could begin taking steps to implement portions of the 2003 confluence re-development study involving city land.

That study took in a mix of properties within the larger area where Seventh and Eighth streets come together, and looked at possible park development closest to the river confluence area.

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