2011-05-16 / Front Page

Stretches Of Storm Sewer System To Be Replaced Beginning Monday In Spencer

Spencer-Based Arexco Hired As Contractor To Complete Project Work
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


The first phase of an extensive project to rehabilitate stretches of stormwater sewer system in Spencer was scheduled to begin today, Monday, along East Street, south from Morgan Street to Cooper Street in Spencer. (Staff Photo) The first phase of an extensive project to rehabilitate stretches of stormwater sewer system in Spencer was scheduled to begin today, Monday, along East Street, south from Morgan Street to Cooper Street in Spencer. (Staff Photo) Through a Disaster Recovery 2 grant from the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs, the Town of Spencer is beginning phase one of its storm sewer system rehabilitation project on East Street, from Morgan Street to Cooper Street. The project also includes East Street from Hillside Avenue to Morgan Street.

The current stretch of work, which rehabilitates approximately 3,300 feet of 1950s metal piping is estimated at a cost of $794,000.

Last Wednesday, local crews from Spencer contractor Arexco, Inc. were busy slicing into asphalt in preparation of work scheduled to begin today, Monday.

While the project includes several target areas for possible rehabilitation, Indianapolis engineering firm GRW Engineers Project Engineer Darren Wells has previously explained to the Spencer Town Council that individual projects are to be prioritized and be completed based on the availability of funding and the severity of the situation.


Spencer contractor Arexco, Inc employee C.J. White works to make cuts through asphalt down the middle of South East Street in Spencer ahead of a long stretch of construction to begin rehabilitation stormwater sewer piping. (Staff Photo) Spencer contractor Arexco, Inc employee C.J. White works to make cuts through asphalt down the middle of South East Street in Spencer ahead of a long stretch of construction to begin rehabilitation stormwater sewer piping. (Staff Photo) However, the project also includes plans for a large portion of storm sewer main to be replaced on East Franklin Street, from East Street to Central Avenue and a third portion, north of Spencer Elementary School. This area is on North Washington Street, down to Hillside Avenue. Those projects are estimated at $342,000 and $338,000, respectively.

When bids came in for the project, the low price of $781,830 did not include a portion of work along East Hillside Avenue.

The goal of the project is to improve the aging drainage system along East Street and to provide larger pipes to be able to handle additional runoff from the north in future projects.

“Construction will begin on the stormwater improvement project along East Street and consists of over 2,700 linear feet of storm sewer improvements,” GRW Project Engineer Jessica Hartman explained Friday. “The existing 48-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe will be rehabilitated from just south of Market Street to the outfall along the White River. This will be done using a resin liner system which will not only provide corrosion resistance, but will provide structural reinforcement as well. From Market Street to North Street, the existing pipe will be removed and replaced with larger 48-inch diameter concrete pipe. Additional inlet structures will be placed along the project route to improve drainage.”

Local detours for East Street will be necessary, along with traffic control signs installed as needed for temporary closures. Fortunately, pipe replacement is not required under Morgan Street, so disruption to local traffic will be minimized along the state route of S.R. 46.

The project is anticipated for an October completion.

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