Sewer line development projects in Carbon County are moving slower than expected, primarily because the construction job near Gardner Lane is taking longer than anticipated due to ongoing mud problems.
"We have run into some serious water problems along Gardner Lane," said district manager Phil Palmer last week during the Price River Water Improvement District board meeting. "In some places we are having to put in six feet of pit run (gravel) to stabilize the ground to lay pipe in place."
The water in the trenches is also causing a cave in problem that is taking out whole sections of the road, causing complete closure of the travel lanes.
The meeting's main feature was a public hearing on the proposal to rebuild water lines in the Carbonville and Wellington areas. But, a lot of Carbonville residents were expressing their concerns at the public hearing about the road problems due to the slowed down sewer construction.
"I'm worried that you will run into the same kinds of problems when you put in the new water line and we will have to go through this again," said one citizen attending the meeting.
However, Jeff Richens, assistant district manager, told the group that the "water line will not have to be as deep as the sewer line is" and for that reason, the problem will probably not be as severe.
Others worried about access and how the road has been closed off so much. With only two railroad crossings into Carbonville, one now being blocked part of the time with the construction and the other blocked at times by trains waiting on a side track that is built to let other trains pass, some were concerned about emergency services, not only while this sewer line is being finished but also about this winter when the new water lines are put in.
PRWID officials said they would look for another road access to alleviate the problem.
Updating the sewer project, Richens said on Wednesday that he hoped the contractor would be done with the installation in the Gardner Lane area by the end of next week.
"They have one branch to complete up 1220 North," he said. "But the mud is still there and the road is still disappearing underneath the construction."
The water in the area is apparently the result of the surrounding fields and the irrigation operations in the vicinity.
Richens also said another project the water improvement district is working on east of Price at a site located in the Bawdenville area is going well and should be completed next week as well.
Once the improvements are finished, one of the PRWID crews will move to the two projects planned in Wellington.
The other crew will go to the project slated for south Price where a lift station will be replaced by a gravity line.
Discussing the status of the road repaving in the areas where the sewer lines have been completed, the PRWID official indicated that some of the work has been completed. Other sections will be started soon.
"The contractor has finished replacing the pavement on the two Spring Glen projects and they will be moving to the Mountain States Road area in Carbonville very soon," pointed out Richens.