Carroll PSA: finish sewer project PDQ

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Parts of the Woodlawn sewer project should have reached substantial completion in July, but they didn't, and that's making some Carroll County officials unhappy.

David Hutchins of the Carroll County Public Service Authority mentioned at Monday's regular meeting that the members believe it's imperative that the project wrap up as soon as possible.

"Our schedule for the Woodlawn sewer project is woefully in arrears," he said. "This is becoming a grave concern, not only to this board, but to the board of supervisors."

The year is running out and it's important that the county get that project finished, he added.

"With each month you're going to start to see, I think, a pretty nervous board," Hutchins said. "And I believe it's going to be difficult for anyone to be around us."

Kevin Heath of Adams Heath Engineering addressed the issue. "I'd also say we're doing the best that we can to reinforce the importance that the project has to the board and what it represents to the board."

This project was bid in two phases, the engineer recalled. The first was to connect lines from the Southwestern Virginia Training Center and the core Woodlawn area to the city of Galax, where the wastewater will be treated.

To date, that's still not complete, Heath said. There are 14,700 feet of gravity line that lacks about 200 feet of being finished.

Also, there are 14,700 feet of forced main lines that have been completed. Heath said what isn't finished yet are the pump stations on Crooked Creek and at Woodlawn.

Woodlawn is the more involved one, and it is about 90 percent complete. The Crooked Creek pump station is the furthest behind, with about 40 percent complete.

When the county realized that the contractor probably wouldn't come in on time, officials asked for a realistic timeline, Heath said.

The contractor answered that this part could be wrapped up by Sept. 25.

It's questionable whether the contractors will make that date — it may fall behind a few days, the engineer said. Besides the pump stations, the system also needs the power hookups from the electric company.

Heath hoped to be able to come back at the October meeting and report that the first phase of the project is completed.

That'd be good, authority members reacted.

"If not, you probably need to tell us how many nights you've slept over there..." Hutchins said.

Authority Chairman Sam Dickson said Heath realizes the importance of the project and understands what needs to happen on it.