Construction Contract Signed
On April 12, 2019 town officials signed the construction contract with the low bidder True Blue Environmental Services, a construction and environmental services company based in Wallingford, for a total of $4,894,710. True Blue Environmental Services has experience with installation of public water and sewer lines in several Connecticut communities.
Notice to Proceed
The Notice to Proceed was signed between the Town and True Blue Environmental Services on May 6, 2019. The Notice to Proceed authorizes the contractor to start project activities which will extend for approximately 24 months, pursuant to the terms of the bid and the contract.
Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey Started
As required by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, an archaeological survey will be completed within the undeveloped Fisher easement area and throughout the remaining service area located on existing road surfaces. On May 6, 2019 Archaeological Consulting Services (ACS), a Guilford based business, started to hand-excavate selective portions of the 1,100 foot easement area for evidence of any significant cultural resources. Additional surveying and construction inspection will continue throughout roadway portions of the project area.
Construction Schedule and Route
Construction activities are anticipated to start on June 6, 2019 at Sachems Head Road and proceed eastward through the Fisher easement area towards Lower Road. As the project progresses residents will be notified weekly through the Town’s special web page about the expected locations and timing of construction activities through neighborhood streets. Construction activities will be permitted M-F between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Any rock blasting performed by the contractor in the vicinity of residential structures will require that a pre-blast survey be performed. A pre-blast survey is needed to provide a baseline record of all preexisting conditions of properties surrounding an excavation project. Residents will be contacted by the contractor’s representative to survey structural conditions prior to blasting on your street.
All public roadways will remain accessible for emergency access during water main construction. The laying of steel platting together with shoulder passage will likely be used around active trenching areas.
Traffic flaggers will be when necessary to direct traffic. Temporary paving over excavated roads is scheduled to occur once per month during the summer and weekly during winter months. Final paving is scheduled to occur during completion of the project.
An experienced construction inspector representing the Town will be present during the project to monitor compliance with design standards and environmental regulations. Construction meetings will be held regularly to review project status, concerns or complaints.