Port Huron Township is getting a $4.6 million loan to replace a handful of water main systems as part of a state drinking water revolving fund program.
The loan was announced late last month, and Township Supervisor Bob Lewandowski said the projects have already gone out for bid and been awarded — on tap for completion sometime next year.
Included are four replacement waterline projects along Michigan Road between Lapeer and Griswold roads, Griswold between 32nd and 27th streets, Strawberry Lane and Yeager Street.
“The biggest part of it is the lines that we’re replacing are all old,” Lewandowksi said. “They need to be replaced. One of the biggest problems is back when they put them in, there not of adequate size now. A lot of them, I believe, are only six-inch, and eight inches is the bare minimum these days.
“A lot of it has to do with you know, of course, less maintenance and repairs for some of them. One of them right now is just for redundancy. The one on Griswold, we can get by without it. But it really should be there for the redundancy factor so that you’re not beating a whole neighborhood with just one line coming in (for water). You got multiple sources.”
Additionally, Lewandowski said the work includes “what we call a valve-turning,” using a machine to open and close all the township’s older infrastructure valves to “note any deficiencies and then repair as necessary.”
None of the water main replacements include any road construction, though they’ll be roadside with working crews.
“Of course, if there’s any disruption to any of the roads that need to be repaired after, which there probably will be, they’ll be repaired,” Lewandowksi said. “But it’s not a total reconstruction. For the most part, they’re off into the shoulder.”
Port Huron Township’s loan was one of 25 for water and wastewater infrastructure projects awarded by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
Thirteen totaling $136,725,000 came from the state’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, according to EGLE, and $97,705,000 from its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
Unlike other recipient communities, Port Huron Township was not listed for any principal forgiveness on its loan.
Lewandowski said there weren’t any immediate financial alternatives if the loan didn’t come through, adding, “I really didn’t feel that we would have any problem with the loan. … We don’t have many loans out there right now.”
While he expected most of the work completed by the end of next year, he said that crews “could actually start now if the contractor wants to, but they’ve got supplies ordered.”
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