City opens bids on water plant improvement project

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   The City of Elizabethton has opened bids on the three phases of the Big Springs Water Plant Improvement project which is supposed to eliminate turbidity problems caused by heavy rains.
   Phase One: Water Plant Improvements, which include:
   * A new "Actiflow" pre-treatment process to reduce turbidity during periods of heavy rain to allow filters to do their job;
   * New supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA);
   * Electric upgrades;
   * Addition of standby generator;
   * Addition of a high service pump; and,
   * Process wastewater improvements.
   Phase One bidders were:
   Judy Construction Co., 103 South Church St., Cynthia, KY 41031, bid $1,630,000;
   Building Crafts, Inc., 3080 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 37617, bid $1,528,200;
   Frizzell Construction, 1501 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, TN 37620, bid $1,507,000.
   Phase Two: Max Jett Road Water Line
   Construction of a 12-inch water line, approximately 13,000 linear feet, to the Max Jett Water Tank on Demolition Road.
   Phase Two bidders were:
   Southern Mechanical Service Corp., P.O. Box 317, Knoxville, TN 37901, bid $525,174;
   Mofield Brothers Construction Co., 644 Lebanon Highway, Carthage, TN 37030, bid $498,372;
   Frizzell Construction, 1501 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, TN 37620, bid $474,548;
   Birchfield Construction Co., 838 Highway 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643, bid $379,950;
   Thomas Construction Co., P.O. Box 4806, Johnson City, TN 37602, bid $374,902;
   Big B Pipeline, 417 Archcrest St., Kingsport, TN 37664, bid $367,683;
   Mike Smith Pump Service, 3625 Highway 25E, Bean Station, TN 37708, bid $337,980;
   Phase Three: Filter Media Replacement
   Filter media will be replaced with a multistage granular substance.
   Phase Three bidders were:
   Building Crafts, Inc., 3080 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 37617, bid $109,500;
   Frizzell Construction, 1501 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, TN 37620, bid $68,700.
   Currently, bids are being reviewed by the City of Elizabethton Engineering Department, according to David Ornduff, director of planning and development.
   The bids will be submitted to Elizabethton City Council for consideration at their meeting on January 10, 2002.
   Ted Leger, City public works director, said the Big Springs improvement projects may not be completed prior to the rainy months next spring and summer.
   "Construction progress will depend upon the type weather we have this winter," Leger said.
   Construction is expected to take 270 days, according to Doug Unger, City of Elizabethton project manager with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon (BWSC), consulting engineers, architects and planners, from Knoxville.