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It's Official, Heber Ave. Is Now Closed To Traffic During October

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Heber Ave. is now closed between Park Ave. and Main St. while crews work to replace the waterline that burst on the 27th. Melissa Allison has more:

Though Park City officials had hoped Beck Construction would have broken ground on Wednesday – Public Utilities Director Clint McAffee said he’s just happy the crews are on site and work has begun.

“When a project is moving this quickly, obviously you’re trying to get out on the ground as soon as you can," McAffee said. "But, it always takes longer than you think, working out details. Especially in this economic climate where contractors are really busy. So, we’re pretty happy with the turnaround, pretty much within a week of the break we’re digging in the ground with the contract and permitting in place. The reason it took a week is to get the contractor mobilized.”

McAffee confirmed, the road is closed for the month of October.

As for the rain – McAffee said weather is always a concern but its not the only concern.

“What we’re really focusing on is trying to get the pavement restored before it gets too cold," McAffee said. "Because once it gets too cold pavement is hard to lay and its hard to get pavement. A lot of the paving companies start shutting down their factories around the end of the month or the first of November. And so that’s really kind of the driver. And honestly, we want to be done with the project before visitors start showing up for the holidays and the ski seasons. We feel like it will be well before that.”

After working out the final numbers for the contract, McAffee said its better than what they thought earlier this week.

On Tuesday the city thought the cost would be $360,000 but after crunching numbers and adding a contract with Clean Harbor, the city is now paying just more than $270,000 to replace the waterlines that have been in place since the 1970’s.

Beck Construction’s contract is for $215,545 and Clean Harbor, which will haul off the contaminated soils, is contracted for $55,000.

I’m Melissa Allison, KPCW News.