BOUNTIFUL - Motorists will be getting a bit more concrete to drive on, soon.
That’s because the Bountiful City Council is expected to approve concrete reconstruction of 400 East from Pages Lane to 1130 North for this summer.
Before letting any bids or formally approving the work, though, the council was due to discuss the project during a work session prior to its regular meeting Tuesday night, March 25.
City Engineer Paul Rowland anticipates the project will be completed over two seasons. The second phase would continue to 400 North.
The project includes replacement of an irrigation water line, upgrading of a culinary water line, and complete removal and replacement of sidewalk, gutter and road surface.
In written material prepared for the council, Rowland noted that while concrete typically costs more than asphalt, the life of concrete is far longer.
For example, concrete was used in Main Street reconstruction about 20 years ago. It’s anticipated that could hold up well for another three decades, except for minor repairs and modifications.
Concrete has also been used on 200 West of the South Davis Recreation Center. With more use of concrete, installation has gone better, reducing road noise or bumpiness that some motorists have complained about, Rowland said.
He estimated the additional cost of using concrete was estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000 for each phase.
The council was expected to take action related to the 100 East well, which has seen water production decrease over the past few years, Water Superintendent Mark Slagowski said.
“Over the past eight years production has slowly declined,” he said. “Apparently that is fairly common to have bacterium develop and grow in a well that plugs them off over time. Tests show that’s what’s happening.”
The council is expected to approve a bid from Widdison Widdison Turbin to treat the well for $153,000 and from CRS Engineering for $16,000.
Slagowski said he wants to take action immediately “to take advantage of extra water in a drought year. If it’s put off, we may lose an important source of water.”
Improvements could mean production of an additional 400 gallons a minute, he said.
That happened in the Taylosville area where officials waited too long to take necessary action, Slagowski said.