Colliers Way bridge pieces continue in public service

WEIRTON The city’s sanitary board members voted Thursday to use remnants of the bridge at Colliers Way over U.S. Route 22 for filling in a hole that had been brought to their attention last month.

November’s regular meeting ended with a resolution to spend up to $10,000 to cover a main pipeline exposed by landslides behind the Church of Christ on Colliers Way, but now it seems some money can be saved on the project by reusing wreckage from the bridge construction site nearby. Swank Construction has agreed to deliver the material to the church parking lot. This solution saves the sanitary board from purchasing about 3,000 tons of riprap (chunks of cement or rock) for the job.

“We finally caught a break on this one,” Utilities Director A.D. “Butch” Mastrantoni said.

Members of the board also heard updates on the main distribution pipeline replacement from Wayne Morgan, who was standing in for Jonathan Carpenter of Thrasher Engineering, and Ronnie Sheets, on-site inspector. Sheets reported that most of the work at the waste water plant is completed, and the project is on schedule with approximately 4,000 feet of PVC pipe in the ground so far. Crews should be progressing to Main Street in about two weeks.

The board unanimously voted to approve an amendment to the contract for the distribution pipeline project allocating up to $35,000 for compaction and concrete testing fees. Because of heavy truck traffic, the West Virginia Department of Highways requested that testing be conducted on a daily basis. Mastrantoni is hopeful that the frequency of testing will be relaxed, in which case the full $35,000 would not be needed.

“The reason for not paying for it up front is that it’s not always required,” Morgan said. “There have been some savings in the original contract, so we’re not projecting that the total project cost is going to go up. There are things going in the other direction off-setting this cost.”

In other business, the board voted to purchase a replacement Variable Frequency Drive for the rotary press at the treatment plant since the old one gave out last Friday. A VFD is designed to regulate the power going to pumps based on demand, which saves energy and makes operations more efficient. This “critical” piece of equipment will be purchased from Canada-based Fornier Industries at a cost of $3,850.