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Mark B. Skellenger, P.E.
Vice President

Mason/Taylor Waterline Contract 88B — Erie County Department of Environmental Services

The Erie County Sanitary Engineer selected KS Associates to design a new waterline in Oxford Township on Mason Road from approx 2500 feet west of Patten Tract Road, crossing Patten Tract Road and continuing on Mason Road and Taylor Road.  KS Associates prepared plans, specifications and an opinion of probable construction costs for the project, which included 2,569 lineal feet (L.F.) of 12-inch waterline on Mason Road and 1,533 L.F. of 8-inch waterline on Taylor Road with 11 hydrants and 19 service connections.

The waterline was to be constructed on the south side of the roadway. Shallow rock conditions were a particular challenge for this project.  KS Associates took great care in adequately describing the subsurface conditions to the bidders so that the need for rock excavation would be understood by the contractors and included in the bid prices.  It was critical to avoid an unforeseen condition claim related to encountering rock. KS Associates performed customary bidding services for the Owner including distributing bid documents, issuing addenda, and attending the bid opening.  The low bidder came in at $188,110, which was significantly below the Engineer’s Estimate.

The County requested that KS provide construction administration services and a full-time resident project representative (RPR) for the construction phase of the project.  Construction started in June 2001 and was completed in August 2001.  KS held monthly progress meetings with the contractor and the owner, processed pay estimates, reviewed certified payroll reports and processed change orders.

Traffic control was of particular importance on this project because of a curve in the road, proximity of the workmen to the edge of the roadway and relatively high speeds of normal traffic. Flaggers were successfully used to assure the safety of the workers as well as the travelling public.