Ironwood expands water, sewer project


July 25, 2018


Ironwood — Two additional blocks will be getting an infrastructure upgrade, after the Ironwood City Commission approved expanding the city’s Phase 4 water and sewer project Monday.

The change adds Francis Street, between Lowell and Lawrence streets; and Lawrence Street, between Francis Street and Coolidge Avenue, to the project.

“As noted at the last meeting, the main part of the project is wrapping up. There’s some final costs that are being calculated and final work that is getting done,” City Manager Scott Erickson said. “There will be a balance of funds available, and this was the area we had identified as an option area if funds were available.”

Erickson said the area has seen a lot of freezing pipes during past winters

“We did two blocks under emergency funding we got from the state … right after that freeze, and this is an extension of that,” he told the commission.

The same contractor and funding source will be used as the rest of the $3.2 million project, according to Erickson, as the money had already been allocated to the city for the work and it was simply a matter of waiting to see if the funds would stretch far enough to include it.

While the commission approved adding the streets to the project, Erickson said a change order with costs and other specifics for the work will be brought back to the commission at a future meeting.


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