NID set to award $23M Banner pipeline contract |

NID set to award $23M Banner pipeline contract

Local subcontractors could land $2.5 million in work if Nevada Irrigation District directors approve a low bid today to build the Banner Cascade Pipeline project.

Teichert Construction of Lincoln was the low bidder at $23.4 million, beating out Preston Pipelines of Sacramento by a bit more than $260,000, according to NID documents. Four other firms bid between $26 million and $32 million for the job that will reach across Banner Mountain above Nevada City.

“We will request the board approve Teichert,” said NID Projects Manager Brian Powell on Tuesday.

The contract had a provision to give out at least 12 percent of the contract to Placer and Nevada County subcontractors after large pipe costs were met. Minus the pipe, nine area subcontractors were included in Teichert’s bid for $2.5 million in work.

They include the Grass Valley firms of Hansen Bros. for rock, Vector Engineering for materials testing, RJ Miles for concrete, Hills Flat Lumber Co. for lumber and supplies and Nevada County Fence for fencing.

Nevada City firms include Robinson Enterprises to remove timber, Flying W Ranch for a water truck and Nevada City Engineering for surveying and staking. Centerline Road Oil of Auburn will supply prime, tack and fog seal.

NID agreed to add the local subcontractors provision after discussion with the Nevada County Contractors Association. Association members have landed work with similar arrangements for expansion at Sierra College and in Nevada City schools.

The project is designed to replace the antiquated Lower Cascade Canal with 6.4 miles of raw water pipeline from 36 to 54 inches in diameter and 5.5 miles of smaller pipe for treated, or drinkable, water.

The 90-year-old canal has been flowing at full capacity in recent years and is in danger of failing, NID officials have said. The new pipelines will transport water to the Loma Rica and E George water treatment plants in the NID system.

“It will also give us additional capacity for treated and raw water downstream,” Powell said.

Wells of residents affected along the route will be monitored and if they go dry or are unusable, the new treated water line will be available for them to hook up to, Powell said.

The project started in 2001 when the board realized it needed better flows for expansion and delivery to southern Nevada County and northern Placer County.

Some Banner Mountain residents worried about the project’s impacts on their water wells and esthetics, saying the environmental report was inadequate in a 2007 lawsuit. NID settled the lawsuit in 2008, with no cash involved, Powell said.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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