County moves on to next phase of Whitewater sewer project

Mesa County commissioners this morning unanimously approved a $2.93 million contract for the second phase of a project that will provide sewer service to Whitewater.

The board awarded the contract to Glenwood Springs-based Gould Construction, whose bid came in about $33,000 less than a bid from Mendez Inc. of Grand Junction and $700,000 below the county’s estimate. Mendez is currently working on the first phase of the three-phase sewer line project from Whitewater to the Clifton Sanitation District, 3217 D Road.

“We’re still in a good bidding environment, so that’s good to see,” county Public Works Director Pete Baier said.

The first phase of the project, which is several months ahead of schedule, features three miles of sewer line from the entrance to the Western Colorado Dragway, just north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and 32 Road, to the intersection of 32 and C 1/2 roads. Senior Engineer Julie Constan said the first phase should be completed “within weeks.”

In the second phase, workers will connect the north end of the line to the Clifton Sanitation District plant and build a pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River that will carry the sewer line. Bridge work will begin Sept. 1, Constan said.

The third and final phase, which the county will bid out late this year, will run the sewer line from the lift station off Coffman Road in Whitewater to the drag strip entrance.

The entire project should be done in June.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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