Cast iron re­place­ment nears com­ple­tion

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Con­struc­tion crews are al­most done work on this year’s leg of the town’s cast iron re­place­ment pro­gram, and town of­fi­cials say other than a few por­tions slated for re­place­ment next year, main­te­nance on al­most all of Drumheller’s in­fra­struc­ture is com­plete.

Town in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Al Ken­drick said the cast iron con­trac­tors had a dif­fi­cult time work­ing around Al­taGas’ gas line im­prove­ment pro­gram this sum­mer, but work is wrap­ping up aside from some small tasks.

“It’s been a real spot at times to dif­fi­cult get our work done and their work as well. There’s been some co­or­di­na­tion is­sues,” Ken­drick said.

He said work­ers fin­ished the tem­po­rary lines late last week and will be work­ing on some as­phalt patch­ing and con­crete work and other mi­nor de­fi­cien­cies as the sum­mer winds down.

Ken­drick said the town has another year left for the cast iron re­place­ment pro­gram. Short pieces near Cen­tral School and the wa­ter tower are be­ing rec­om­mended for work next year.

The wa­ter line cross­ings into north Drumheller and Mid­land un­der the river are near­ing their life ex­pectancy he said, and he will be rec­om­mend­ing coun­cil eval­u­ate the place­ment.

“That’s go­ing to be sig­nif­i­cant dol­lars. We are go­ing to be do­ing some eval­u­a­tion on that and hope to use the same funds that were pre­vi­ously ded­i­cated to the cast iron pro­gram,” he said.

In­spec­tion on these lines may be pos­si­ble via elec­tri­cal cur­rent, with another op­tion to dig up the lines for phys­i­cal test­ing. This would re­quire the lines to be shut off and sewage be hauled from north Drumheller to the treat­ment plant un­til the line is re-con­nected.

Ken­drick said a con­sult­ing firm is in the process of writ­ing a re­port for ways to test the river cross­ings. lines for re-

The 2016 Drumheller Cast Iron Re­place­ment pro­gram is wrap­ping up, with only a few pieces re­main­ing for re­place­ment next year.

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