Olympia to award culvert contract

Staff writerMay 11, 2014 

Construction projects and hazardous waste will highlight the Olympia City Council’s next regular business meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

• The council is expected to award a construction contract for a new culvert under the Olympia Woodland Trail. The project will replace about 100 feet of an aging concrete pipe, which is considered a flood hazard and a maintenance burden for city staff.

NOVA Contracting Inc. has provided the lowest bid for the project at $306,358, below the city’s original estimate of $547,026, according to a staff report. If approved, construction would run from mid-July through mid-October. Construction will affect a small portion of the Woodland Trail between Dayton Street Southeast and Fones Road Southeast. Trail users will be detoured onto a state Department of Transportation trail that runs along I-5.

• The council will consider a resolution for Olympia to adopt the Thurston County 2014 Hazardous Waste Plan update. All the county’s municipalities are expected to participate. The county reports that most comments about the plan were related to used needles discarded in public places. In response, the county added a new “core program” for needle collection and disposal. In September 2013, Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum wrote a letter to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, urging the county to include needle collection and disposal as a core program in the updated plan.

• City engineers will give the council a briefing on construction projects underway in 2014. The list includes 21 public works projects this year at a total estimated cost of $28,966,760, according to the city. The projects involve transportation, city buildings, and utilities such as stormwater pipes and drinking water. The latter includes the expected completion of buildings, pumps and piping at the McAllister Wellfield, which will serve as Olympia’s new drinking water source for at least 50 years. The complete list of city projects in 2014 can be viewed at olympiawa.gov/construction.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869

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