Pierre City Officials Hoping Wells Avenue Project Can Be Completed Soon

(KCCR) — A major road through Pierre should be opening again if the weather decides to play nice. A short section of Wells Avenue from Sioux Avenue to the Capital Bell Apartments has been closed and torn up to replace water and sewer infrastructure below. City of Pierre Staff Engineer Kyle Kurth says with any luck the project could be finished today…

“Our last construction meeting we are hoping that way to work Monday through Thursday leaving it ready for Morris to come in on Friday and pave, if not one bul… one lift potentially both so, as long as weather allows we will proceed with that schedule and get…and get that segment back open to the public, but it should be complete very soon so. We’re all excited for that as the road was in pretty rough shape before we started.”
Kurth says the poor surface of Wells Avenue along with information from a study indicating larger sewer pipe would be needed to serve southeast Pierre in the future prompted the work…

“As part of that, when we, when we figured out laying out the profile in the, in the grade, we had to be in a bury depth of upwards of 18 to 20 feet. The City of Pierre, although it has some personnel that’s capable of doing that work we don’t have all the equipment and safety, safety equipment to do that work. So we thought it was best to contract that work out. You…you start getting into deep, deep excavations you have to use trench boxes and potentially two trench boxes and it’s just safer if we hired a contractor to do that work.”
Kurth brought a change order and final payment request to Pierre City Commissioners Tuesday night for the project that will result in a slight savings for the work…

“Is essentially amounts to…was a 6-inch service that we had to tie onto and not a 6-inch service so it came down to adding cost to do the 6-inch; subtracting costs that we didn’t do for the 4-inch and then additionally we removed any seeding permanent seeding for…for growing grass. We also remove trench dewatering and material for trench de watering as none was necessary so a net change the contract of; a net deductive $1901.92.”
Temperatures could delay the paving, as 40 to 50 degrees is the generally accepted low minimum temperature for asphalt paving. The Friday high for Pierre is forecast at 49 degrees. Saturday’s high is 56.