WHAT’S GOING ON Along U.S. 421? Boone Intake-Related Construction Continues

Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:54 pm

A portion of the transmission line for the Town of Boone’s water intake along the South Fork of the New River runs along U.S. 421. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Garney Construction Company currently has crews working on Brownwood Road and along U.S. 421 as construction of the Town of Boone’s water intake continues. Another crew will be placed at New River Hills Road in the coming weeks. 

The town is building a 63,000-foot transmission line to bring water from the proposed intake in Todd to the town’s water treatment plant by the armory and greenway in Boone. The intake will be capable of withdrawing 4 million gallons of water per day from the South Fork of the New River. 

On Feb. 13, Harper Corporation and Garney Construction Company, Inc. were provided with the Notice to Proceed on the Boone Water Line, Water Treatment Plant, Intake and Booster Pump Station Project. This notice came several months after the Boone Town Council learned that the intake was going to cost considerably more to build than originally planned. 

On Thursday, Boone Public Utilities Director Rick Miller said that work along U.S. 421 near the Discovery dealership includes boring underneath the road to get inside the median. The portion of transmission line along U.S. 421 will run inside the highway median in between New River Hills Road and Brownwood Road. 

See images and timeline below:

The following is a project update and notice of upcoming road closures provided by the town on Thursday afternoon. 

The Harper Corporation

Work Completed in Last 30 Days:

Div 1 Water Treatment Plant

  • 30 inch finish water line – Clear and removed brush
  • Installation of the twin 30 inch finish water lines between the clearwells
  • Excavation for the new finish water clearwell

Div 2 Intake

  1. Mobilized Division 2 Intake
  • Began installation of erosion control measures
  • Survey & Layout

Div 3 Booster Pump Station

  • No Activity

30 Day Look Ahead

Div 1 Water Treatment Plant

  1. Installation of the twin 30 inch finish water lines between the clearwells
  • Excavation for the new finish water clearwell
  • Install Storm Water Facility #2

Div 2 Intake

  1. Subgrade for P-1 Box Culvert
  • Install P-1 Box Culvert

Div 3 Booster Pump Station

  • No Activity

Garney Construction Company, Inc.

Crew 1 Brownwood Road – continue to lay pipe moving around 100’/day. We have asphalt paving set for this Friday. Items 1-6 (below) still apply. We have encountered some rock and bad soils which has slowed productivity some. At this time in discussion with NCDOT and our subcontractor we have not opened to weekend traffic. The liability is too great and we will not be in compliance with DOT standards to open.

Crew 2 Along 421. – Work progressing. Encountered rock which has slowed us somewhat. We did get barrier wall relocated, so Chevy dealership drive could open last Friday. Anticipate this closure up until mid-May. The trenchless jack and bores under 421 and drives to start next week.

Crew 3 Along New River Road – Moving in 1st week in May. Will start taking some pipe next week and survey. Set up road closure along New River Hills from 421 back to bridge to plant on 5-1. Prep work after this and start pipe installation mid-May.

  1. Horizontal Directional Drill starting at Hospitality House to New River Hills starting first week in April.
  2. Starting March 28, 2017, at Clawson/Burnley Greenway Park test drills for ground conditions will begin and are expected to last 5 days.

The following are photos of intake work along U.S. 421: 

A portion of the transmission line for the Town of Boone’s water intake along the South Fork of the New River runs along U.S. 421. The barrier is erected protect the workers. 

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