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Mark B. Skellenger, P.E.
Vice President
440-365-4730
skellengerm@ksassociates.com

State Route 101 Waterline Project — Erie County Department of Environmental Services

The Erie County Sanitary Engineer selected KS Associates to design a new waterline to serve 41 existing homes along State Route 101 between Maple Road and Bardshar Road in Erie County. These homes were already served by a public sanitary sewer collection system. KS Associates prepared plans, specifications and an opinion of probable construction costs for the project, which included 5097 lineal feet (L.F.) of 12-inch PVC C-900 waterline, 13 fire hydrants and 41 service connections. The design accommodated the many utilities that were already occupying the corridor so that there would be no interruption of service.

The waterline was to be constructed in an easement outside of the ODOT right of way. The base bid utilized ductile iron pipe and a bid alternate utilized PVC C-900 pipe. KS Associates performed customary bidding services for the Owner including distributing bid documents, issuing addenda, and attending the bid opening. An analysis of the bids revealed that the PVC pipe alternate was 6% below the ductile iron pipe base bid. Erie County chose the PVC pipe alternate. The low bidder came in at $353,148, which was 4.3% 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 May 1999 and was completed in October 1999, with the final pay estimate approved in January 2000. KS held monthly progress meetings with the contractor and the owner, processed pay estimates, reviewed certified payroll reports and processed change orders. Recognizing that construction in a residential area always poses some inconvenience to homeowners, KS provided exceptional communication with the affected residents throughout the duration of the construction project.

When an agreement with one property owner could not be reached, a significant portion of the waterline had to be installed within the ODOT right of way. KS worked closely with Erie County to expeditiously revise the plans to meet ODOT requirements and obtain the necessary ODOT permit. KS’s quick response to our client’s needs minimized the construction costs related to the change and avoided potential delay claims by the contractor.