Change OK’d for city stormwater project

Planned improvements to stormwater lines in three areas of the city will continue with an approved increase in costs, bumping the project up to more than $1.5 million.

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At the City Council meeting Monday, council members approved a change order on a stormwater project that originally planned to replace underground metal pipes in three areas of the city: near the Dix Road interchange, the ice arena and between Old Gibler and Fox Creek roads.

But that was found to be too problematic because of the issues tearing up the areas would cause for the ice arena, the traffic near the Dix Road interchange and the established yards in the Old Gibler/Fox Creek area, so the project is to line the pipes instead of replace them.

The change creates an increase in costs of about 35 percent, from $1.1 million to more than $1.5 million, though the council approved the change without any questions or debate.

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