Bessemer looking ahead to 2021.
Written by Jesse Baroka on June 18, 2019
BESSEMER — As the current water-sewer project winds down, the Bessemer City Council voted Monday to borrow $1.1 million from a state fund to begin engineering the next one. The council voted 4-0 to allow city manager Charly Loper provide electronic signatures for the loan, and to sign the general loan contract. The project, set to start in 2021, is about three times the size of the current project, and will be in excess of $20 million in grant and loan funds. When it is completed, the lion’s share of underground utilities in the community, as well as road surfaces, will have been refurbished. Engineers Kelly Heidbrier and Darren Pionk of C2AE updated the council on the new and old projects. Pionk said aerial photography for the required base project map is complete. His firm is tabulating proposals for required soil borings and progress is being made on a detour needed while work is done on U.S. 2, which will be reconstructed in concert with the water-sewer project. Heidbrier said the current project should be done by the July 19 final completion deadline. He said about $155,000 in paving remains to be done. All curbing is in north of U.S. 2 and “a fair amount” of sidewalk construction remains to be done, as well as some driveways. He estimated concrete work is 85 percent completed. The council agreed to a work order change of $7,700. It also agreed to assess $47,500 in liquidated damages because of delays in the project. In a related matter, Heidbrier said his firm has nearly completed a water utility asset management plan required by the state, and that the final phase of that report may cost the city considerably less than first estimated. More in this weeks Wakefield News / Bessemer Pick and Axe.