Contracts signed for Harts water project

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

July 27, 2014

LOGAN — Residents of Big Harts will soon be seeing signs of safe, abundant water coming to their area when construction begins on the Big Harts Water Project.

The Big Harts Water Project is a $25M project that will serve nearly 800 customers when completed. Due to its size, the project was phased to remain within funding agency guidelines.

The Logan County Public Service District signed construction contracts for all three contractors on its Big Harts Phase I Waterline Extension Project at its offices Tues., July 22. Phase I of the project will make water service available to approximately 298 customers in the communities of Big Harts, Thompson Branch, Rockhouse Branch, Smokehouse Fork, Big Trace Fork and surrounding areas of Logan and Lincoln Counties. Due to a bid underrun, the District intends to add service to Hoover Fork and Henderson Branch. Approximately 41 additional customers will receive service in these two areas.

Also attending the signing was Commission President Danny Godby and State Senator Art Kirkendoll.

“All of the wells in the Big Harts area have poor water quality and in many cases, wells get low or go dry at times, particularly in the Summer. Hardly a week goes by without someone from the Big Harts area calling about a water problem,” Kirkendoll said. “I am pleased that I was able to help get the funding committed so this project could move to construction”.

The first project consists of the construction of approximately 101,500 linear feet (nearly 20 miles) of 8-inch and smaller diameter water main, one 150 gallons per minute booster station, one 151,000 gallons storage tank, fire hydrants, valves, individual customer services and other related items. Actual construction should begin in August and the project will take about a year to complete.

The cost of the project is approximately $7,300,000. Funding was provided by the Logan County Commission, Lincoln County Commission, USDA Rural Development Small Cities Block Grant Program as administered by the W.Va. Development Office and the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council.

In addition to this Phase I Project, the District and Logan County Commission have funding applications submitted on Phase II and are working to get Phase III ready to be submitted.

“The Logan County Commission is committed to seeing all phases of this much needed water project completed as quickly as possible,” Godby said.

In most areas, line construction will generally follow the existing roads. This will result in some traffic delays and other inconveniences. Traffic lights, dust control and other measures will be used to keep traffic moving and other inconveniences at a minimum. The District urges everyone to be as patient as possible with the needed construction. As people travel through the construction zone, please obey the signs and flaggers. It will make the job go smoother for everyone. Remember — safety first.

— Martha Sparks can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728 or by Twitter at @MarthaSparks