The Buckeye City Council on July 7 approved the 20/21 Fiscal Year budget, which included $64 million for the ongoing Broadway Road Water Campus project, as construction moves into a new phase this month.
On Friday, July 17, crews with Haydon Building Corp will install a 24-inch pipeline as the pipeline approaches Apache Road. The intersection of Broadway Road and Apache Road will be closed in all directions, with this work and closure scheduled to take place through Friday, Aug. 7.
When complete, crews will lay some 3,500 feet of pipeline in all, as deep as 14 feet in some sections.
“Putting pipe in the ground is just one of the many pieces of what’s going on out there currently,” Haydon Building Corp project manager Bill Clifford said July 10. “Everything is a key part of the infrastructure to make it run correctly. It’s kind of just business as usual for us.”
The Broadway Road Water Campus is “the most significant capital project underway,” according to the city. It’s a multi-phased, multi-year project to upgrade the city’s water infrastructure, add to the city’s water portfolio, and improve water quality for Buckeye residents.
When completed, the facility will include new wells, transmission and distribution lines, storage tanks, treatment facilities and booster pumps to service the local area. It will treat approximately 6 million gallons of water a day with the ability to expand to 16 as needed.
The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority provided a $108.5 million loan for this project, including the $64 million in this year’s budget, which council approved July 7.
Approved in 2017, project completion is expected in early 2022.
After the pipeline installation at the intersection of Broadway and Apache roads, build-out of the chemical treatment part of the plant will be the next phase, according to Mr. Clifford.
In the meantime, crews, among other aspects in the phase that begins July 17, will tie into a force main sewer (pipelines that convey wastewater under pressure from the discharge side of a pump) approximately 24 feet deep, which is a big factor in having to close down that intersection.
“When you get into deep excavations there’s not much air movement when you get down underground like that,” Mr. Clifford added of the extreme summer heat that crews also will contend with. “It’s very challenging on those guys.”