Auxiliary raw water line construction moving forward

The City of Alcoa has met with several potential contractors who are bidding on permanent installation of an auxiliary raw water intake pipeline on the Little River. The line was assembled last fall and placed on the ground to provide emergency water to the Alcoa Water Treatment Plant and the Maryville water system in a cooperative project between the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville. Bids will be opened on June 3, followed by bid evaluation and contractor selection.

After evaluation of several routes and means of installation, location of a 24-inch raw water line has been finalized and designed. The line will provide additional water at the plant for treatment and use by City of Alcoa and City of Maryville customers.

The concept of a downstream intake was first conceived in 2000 when the City of Alcoa evaluated its long-term options to supply increased demand and water customers. Originally planned for construction around 2017, this temporary installation is the result of the drought that gripped our area and the entire southeast U.S. last year.

The City of Alcoa also serves Tuckaleechee Utility District and Knox Chapman Utility District.

Other routes that were evaluated were eliminated due to increasing construction costs, increased distance and conflicts with existing utilities. The current route will require a portion of Martin Mill Pike to be closed during installation of the pipe under the east bound lane. Alternate traffic plans are being designed and the west bound lane is expected to remain open for one way traffic with delays still occurring.

The City of Alcoa is working with City of Rockford officials to keep them informed of the projects progress and developing the traffic plans. The current plan is to begin the roadway installation after Blount County Schools close for the summer and have it completed well before re-opening this fall.

Once the pipe and trench repair work is completed, the entire section of road where the work takes place will be repaved and re-striped.

The contractor will be given 90 days to complete the entire project; however, the schedule is subject to delays beyond their control. The project will be managed by the City of Alcoa Public Works and Engineering Department which will include compliance inspections, contract management, traffic planning and liaison with the affected property owners in addition the general public.

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