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'Round the clock development

A sewer project taking place in the southern part of Woodbury will be happening around the clock.

Woodbury City Council voted last Wednesday to allow Northwest Asphalt to work extended hours on the Bailey Lake trunk sanitary sewer project that began Oct. 1.

Engineering and Public Works Deputy Director Klayton Eckles said that way the project could be done as early as February 2012.

"There are some advantages of getting this project done rather quickly and minimizing the disruption," he said.

The infrastructure project kicks off Phase 2 development, which consists of different sub-phases dubbed Fields of Woodbury and Bielenberg Garden/ Urban Village.

Eckles said all homeowners surrounding the site were surveyed to determine if there are concerns with working on the project overnight.

"We haven't had any resident concerns about this proposed work hours," he said.

Additionally, the sanitary sewer project sits in a rural area, 600 feet or more from most residential structures, which allows for some flexibility.

The distance is "a pretty good distance in terms of noise," Eckles said, adding if it was 100 feet, residents would hear the construction and feel vibration.

The contractor will only work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. near other homes located less than 600 feet from the site.

Some of the work in the project requires two days of digging for every one day of pipe laying, Eckles said, and finishing early will give farm owners the opportunity to get their properties back in time for spring farming next year.

Council members were all in favor of the work taking place overnight, however, Paul Rebholz questioned whether finishing early would modify the initial bid.

The council approved a $2,509,407 contract to Northwest Asphalt last month, which was the most favorable bid.

"The contractor has interest in keeping us happy," Eckles said.

He explained that city engineers and the contractor will continue to collaborate on the project and he expects other issues to arise through the fall and winter months.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.