Two major improvement projects taking place in Laurel

Two major improvement projects taking place in Laurel

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Two major road/sewer projects have started in the City of Laurel. One is a sewer improvement project and the other is a 7th Avenue reconstruction project. The total cost for both projects is a little more than $7 million. Once completed the city expects to have approximately 33,000 feet of sewer mains rehabilitated and replaced, and also have 7th Avenue replaced with new sidewalks, gutters, and water and sewer lines.

SRF Sewer Project:

The 2013 SRF Sewer Improvements Project was awarded to Hemphill Construction, Inc. for a bid amount of $4,994,200 in the fall of 2014. The construction contract time began on October 6, 2014. The project includes rehabilitation of approximately 21,050 feet of sewer mains with cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), a trenchless technology that greatly reduces the excavation requirements as compared to standard open cut methods. The project also includes approximately 12,350 feet of standard open-cut replacement of sewer mains. By the end of February, the contractor had completed camera inspections of more than half of the lines designated for CIPP and completed lining more than 5,500 feet of sewer mains, or approximately 25 percent. The open cut replacement has moved along slower than CIPP due to the time of year and the impact wet conditions have on open cut work, but it should pick up in the coming spring and summer seasons. To date, the contractor has replaced over 1,500 feet of the open cut portions, or approximately 12%. The Contractor currently has three open cut crews working on the project. Presently, crews are working on 10th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue, 21st Street between 5th Avenue and Susie B. Ruffin (Hwy 11), and East 12th Street between Joe Wheeler and MLK.

7th Avenue Reconstruction Project:

Project was awarded to Walters Construction Co., Inc. for a bid amount of $2,137,509.09 in January of 2015. The construction contract time began on February 23, 2015. The project will include replacement of water and sewer services, cured-in-place rehabilitation of sewer mains and storm drains, open cut replacement of select segments of sewer mains and storm drains, removal and replacement of the curb and gutter, removal of the remnants of the trolley car rail structure, and reconstruction of the roadway. The project will extend along 7th Avenue from 5th Street to 13th Street, with new pavement markings to continue up to 15th Street. Crews have started work on the north end of the project replacing the sewer main and removing the trolley tracks between 13th Street and 12th Street. Various detours around the work as it progresses will be necessary for the duration of the project.