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Pipeline project may snarl Glenbrook

An old and failing water pipeline under the traffic-heavy Glenbrook Basin needs replacement before it becomes a catastrophe and the Nevada Irrigation District is moving quickly to get it done.

But motorists will face traffic snarls and nearby homes and businesses will see interruptions in water service when the work is done throughout the coming winter and spring, district officials said this week.

“We want to take care of it before it becomes a major issue,” NID’s Chief Engineer Gary King said. “We’re starting to have more and more breaks with it.”



The replacement job is expected to be a logistics puzzle as electrical lines, transformers and other utilities have been built over the existing pipe since it was installed in the 1960s.

“This is a very hard place to build in because of all the infrastructure on top of the pipe,” King said.




How engineers will deal with that infrastructure amid some of the busiest traffic in Grass Valley will be the job of engineering consultants Kennedy/Jenks, King said. They will be charged with figuring out the logistics of the job with Caltrans and the affected utilities.

The district knows the $3 million job to replace more than one mile of a main water line that has broken three times already this year will not be easy.

It should have been done earlier, NID board member Nancy Weber said at a board meeting Wednesday.

The district would do all it could to keep customers happy, but periodic water service interruptions will occur during construction, King said.

The district wants to do the job next winter and spring, when it can tap into other lines to keep water flowing through the busy commercial district. The job cannot be done during the summer when the Brunswick line is used for peak water deliveries and fire suppression, King said.

The pipe is buried six to nine feet deep along Brunswick Road from its intersection with the Nevada City Highway to Bubbling Wells Road just past the commercial district. That part is planned to be done first.

The pipe continues from the corner of Brunswick and Bubbling Wells up the hill to NID’s Banner Reservoir. Work there will be done next summer or winter, depending on how fast the initial section goes.

The project will come before the NID board on May 23. King said he hopes to bid it to contractors in September to get the project going by October.

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To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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