Warrenton replacing deteriorating water mains

Adam Rollins, Staff Writer
Posted 5/20/22

The city of Warrenton has hired a contractor to replace deteriorating water mains in three areas of the city at a cost of about $583,000.

Girdner Contracting out of St. Louis was hired by the …

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Warrenton replacing deteriorating water mains

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The city of Warrenton has hired a contractor to replace deteriorating water mains in three areas of the city at a cost of about $583,000.

Girdner Contracting out of St. Louis was hired by the Warrenton Board of Aldermen to build waterlines along Tomahawk Lane, Vosholl Avenue, Hawthorne Drive and its connecting roads of Oakwood Lane and Woodland Drive.

During the board’s May 3 public meeting, city Public Works Director Guy Gevers said Girdner had submitted the lowest price bid among seven companies. Gevers added that Girdner has done sewer main repairs for Warrenton in the recent past.

City Director of Operations Jon Struckhoff told The Record that nearly 4,500 feet of pipe is being replaced in the projects because the mains were installed in the 1950s’ and ’60s and have reached the end of their 70-year lifespan. He said deterioration in the lines was becoming a growing issue.

“We have had many issues with these over the years, which has caused many outages,” Struckhoff said. “By replacing this pipe, not only will the customer be receiving a better product with fewer interruptions in service, but it will also save the city of Warrenton many labor hours repairing the old mains.”

Struckhoff added that another problem with the water mains is the material they’re made from: asbestos cement, a product that was once common in construction. “This type of pipe has proven to be problematic, and is being replaced with PVC pipe, which is an industry standard today,” Struckhoff said.

The projects involve replacement of about 800 feet of water line on Tomahawk Lane, about 1,100 feet on Vosholl Drive, and 2,600 feet along Hawthorne, Oakwood and Woodland. Old connecting lines and water meter pits will also be replaced within the project areas.

Struckhoff said initial construction should begin in the Hawthorne area within the next couple weeks, and then move on to the other two areas once that’s done.

Of the six other companies competing for the water main projects, Pace Construction submitted the next-lowest bid of nearly $686,000 — over $100,000 more than Girdner. Bids from other companies ranged much higher, with some approaching $1 million.

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