As a couple of major projects wind down, another big one is just peeking over the horizon.
The Augusta City Council has been anything but boring lately. Major projects with a new dam and spillway at the City Lake have been completed. A new playground was built at Garvin Park with the help of a grant.
Projects including realigning the Kelly and Ohio intersection and Corps of Engineers Levee projects are on target to be completed on time and within budget.
The new one-cent sales tax which will be collected for the next 30 years has been put in place and initial phases of the project to construct a new, larger waterline to El Dorado Lake are under way.
But Monday night, the governing body heard from MKEC about some work that will need to be completed soon.
The city’s official engineering firm recently completed an inflow and infiltration study on the city’s sanitary sewer lines. Keith Ayotte, from MKEC, said Augusta’s lines were in similar shape to most other cities. Many of the lines are in good condition.
But root damage, age and other conditions have compromised sections of other lines.
Ayotte told the council that MKEC divided the city into sectors to focus on a plan to fix some of the most serious concerns.
Even the smallest sector near downtown Augusta would require about $1 million to fix every problem. Ayotte said repairs in other areas of town could be as much as $3 million more.
But the good news is that these repairs don’t have to be tackled immediately.
As he governing body finishes up work on next year’s budget, a smaller amount will probably be allocated to begin work on the most pressing concerns.
In future years, more will be allocated to continue the work.
The inflow and infiltration study is similar to the study the city commissioned on its roadways to list priority projects going forward.
These studies will be used as one of the tools the governing body has at its disposal to maintain and improve the city’s infrastructure in the future.