2017-12-07 / Local News

Sewer project needs Road Comm. approval

A sewer pipe that runs under the Leland River will likely be replaced this winter when there are fewer people in the area flushing toilets.

The Leland Township Board and the Sewer Commission held a joint meeting Tuesday to go over two bids that were received for the Leland River Crossing project.

DVM Utilities, Inc., of Sterling Heights, submitted a bid of $290,975, and Roemer Utility Services LLC, of Boyne City, submitted a bid of $337,886.

The bid documents were given to Gosling Czubak, the project engineer, who will look them over before making a recommendation for approval by the Leland Township Board at its regular meeting Monday.

Gosling Czubak is familiar with both companies and the work they do, said Susan Och, township supervisor.

The pipe, which is made of ductal iron, was plugged with corroded iron and caused sewers to back up in some Leland homes over the summer of 2016.

A process called ‘pipe bursting’ will be used to break apart the old pipe while pulling the new pipe through it.

While the work is being done, wastewater will be rerouted and collected in pumping trucks, Och said.

The project will take about a month to set up, with the actual pipe replacement taking about two days, Och said.

She thought the project would come in a little lower as the pipe bursting process is generally cheaper than directional drilling.

“Our engineer tells us that all construction bids are coming in high because they’ve got so much work,” Och said.

The township has already secured permits for the project from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Leelanau County Soil Erosion.

A permit is still needed from the Road Commission, as Thompson Road will have to be closed from M-22 to the river while the work is being done.

“They would prefer that there not be construction while they’re trying to move snow,” Och said.

But completing the project over winter will save money due to less wastewater having to be rerouted.

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