Utilities fix moves ahead

Some are too small, some are falling apart, and they all need work.

In May, the City of Auburn expects Rodarte Construction, Inc., to begin six months of toil at half a dozen sites about the city to fix dowdy storm drainage and water utility sites.

On Monday evening, the City Council awarded the construction contract to Auburn-based Rodarte on its low bid of $1.25 million – plus state sales tax of $116,000 – for a total contract price of $1.36 million.

City Councilman Bill Peloza voiced high praise for Auburn’s engineering department for keeping the water flowing.

“I think this is a fantastic accomplishment by our engineering department,” Peloza said. “This city is 126 years old, and you can imagine the various pipes throughout the city, sewer, water and stormwater, the significant amount of aging that goes on in those pipes.”

Here are the six sites, and what’s about to start happening there.

• Academy Drive Southeast north of Maple Drive Southeast: replace approximately 400 feet of deteriorated 18-inch storm pipe with a new 18-inch storm pipe.

• Southeast 312 Street between 124th and 125th Avenue Southeast: replace about 165 feet of deteriorated 18-inch storm pipe with a new 18-inch storm pipe.

• 20th Court Southeast, west of O Court Southeast: install 66 feet of 12-inch storm pipe to reroute storm water from an existing storm pond.

• 45th Street Northeast and I Street Northeast: install about 86 feet of 12-inch storm pipe to address localized flooding issues.

• M Street Southeast between 21st Street Southeast and 25th Street Southeast: replace about 1,000 feet of undersized storm pipe with a new 18-inch storm line, and replace approximately 1,000 feet of deteriorated 8-inch water main with a new 12-inch main.

• East Main Street west of B Street Northeast: replace a section of sunken sidewalk and pavement and replace approximately 61 feet of 12-inch storm pipe.

Four contractors submitted bids, and the lowest, Rodarte’s bid, was about 2 percent below the City engineer’s estimate. Staff completed reference checks and other verifications to determine that Rodarte met the responsible bidding criteria.

A project budget contingency of $99,232 remains in the water fund. The estimated total project costs for storm improvements within that fund are equal to the amount budgeted for the project.

The estimated total project costs for real-estate-excise-tax-funded improvements within the REET fund are equal to the amount budgeted for the project from the sidewalk repair and replacement budget.

City officials expect Rodarte to wrap up by November 2018.

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