Work to begin this week on new Glenwood wastewater facility |

Work to begin this week on new Glenwood wastewater facility

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Work is scheduled to begin this week on Glenwood’s new wastewater treatment plant in West Glenwood Springs.

According to city engineer Mike McDill, Western Martinez Constructors from Rifle will begin work on an access road at the new site and installation of a pipeline that will connect the existing facility on Seventh Street with the new one west of the Meadows Shopping Center.

McDill said that construction will start on the west end of Wulfsohn Road and Midland Avenue near where the entrance to the new facility will be. The next step in this first phase will be placing the connecting pipeline along Midland Avenue to the existing facility and that could create congestion at the Eighth Street and Midland Ave. intersection later in the summer or early fall, according to McDill.

The $4.5 million project was awarded to Western Martinez in January for only the first phase of the project. McDill said that he hopes to have a contract on the construction of the estimated $30 million wastewater plant bid out by the end of the summer. The overall estimated cost for the entire project is $37 million.

McDill told the Post Independent previously that the city received 11 bids for phase one, which was a lot more than expected. But the shear size of the project was attractive to many companies. He also said that it is one of the largest projects the city has ever undertaken.

The current plant has operated for 30 years and has outlived its usefulness and wasn’t designed to meet today’s water quality standards. According to past Post Independent reports, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has said that Glenwood must have a new plant by 2014. But with construction beginning this early, McDill expects the facility to be finished well before that deadline.

The new plant is expected to increase the wastewater capacity from about 1.8 million gallons per day to around 2.6 million. The current plant runs about 1.2 million gallons per day.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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