This water line project consisted of upgrading an approximately 3,200 feet of an existing 18-inch water line to a 24-inch water line along Hobart Road from Washoe Valley towards Hobart Reservoir. The site was only accessible via Hobart Road, a narrow dirt road that rarely exceeded twelve feet in width. To say that accessing the site and the work was a challenge would be an understatement.
To compound the difficult access issues, the original design specified welded, epoxy lined and coated steel pipe. After award of the project, Q&D proposed a value engineering option to substitute ductile iron pipe for the steel pipe which saved the State Public Works Division $190,000. Utilizing ductile iron in lieu of welded steel pipe was a true win-win for the contract team, and the Marlette Lake Water System.
The project team was able to deliver a design/bid/build project with very challenging access issues in less time for approximately 12% less than the original contract value.