Category Archives: Current Project Updates

Tabby Place Subdivision Project Update

A private utility contractor, Woodard Construction of Waycross, GA, is performing a gravity sewer system installation for the private developer of the Tabby Place Subdivision Project on Saint Simons Island. The BGJWSC does not have any contractual control over the contractor’s means and/or methods as we do not assume project management of private construction. However, BGJWSC staff does routinely inspect the installation of the system to ensure that the construction follows established Glynn County roadway construction standards, BGJWSC water & sewer construction standards and the approved construction plans prior to acceptance and conveyance of ownership. This procedure is regularly required as part of the BGJWSC development review and inspection process.

The contractor has complied with all the requests made by BGJWSC and Glynn County during the construction of this project. At this time the contractor is approximately 42 linear feet away from the tie-in manhole located on North Harrington Road. Due to rains we have encountered in the past few days, installing the sewer has been difficult because of the amount of ground water present. The contractor has brought two more well-point pumps on site to help control the ground water.

Traffic control is in place per Glynn County requirements and standards. The roads are being constantly cleaned by the contractor to minimize impacts to local traffic and pedestrians.  Glynn County right-of-way coordinator Chuck Flowers has been on site monitoring the progress and impacts to traffic.  Woodard has been notified by Glynn County and BGJWSC staff regarding local school openings and seeks to complete the tie-in on Friday, install road base over the weekend and start clean up next week. Delays can be expected but we hope that the impact will be minimal.

Again, the BGJWSC staff would like to emphasize that we have no project management over this construction. The BGJWSC conducts independent observations only to ensure the water and sewer construction meets our present and future needs. If there are concerns with construction and/or traffic control, this private work is regulated by Glynn County under the right-of-way permit they provided.

 

Pumping Station 4048 Project Informational Meeting – Thursday, August 3, 2017

The details below outline the project referred to as PS4048, which is located in the area between the corner of Norwich Street and Fifth Street to the corner of Townsend Street and Stonewall Street. This wastewater force main basin serves over 3,000 customers. This force main improvement project is required in order to continue serving the existing customer base and also prepare the way for future growth.

During construction, 3,100 linear feet of 24-inch force main will be installed to increase the efficiency of existing piping that carries wastewater from the north end of our present mainland Brunswick sewer system. This system runs from as far northeast as Chanslor Road to Odyssey Lake Apartments on Highway 99, down Golden Isles Parkway, across to Shell Point Subdivision on Harry Driggers Blvd, down Darien Highway, following over to the project area off of Townsend Street, bringing the wastewater through 23 pumping stations before reaching its final destination at the Academy Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility on Newcastle Street.

The construction equipment and supplies will be staged at Paulk Park off of Wylly Ave on August 1, 2017 and will be completed by December. During this time, traffic will be rerouted due to excavation on Fifth Street east of Norwich Street towards Lee Street and up to Branham Ave. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. will be blocked at Fifth Street for a short period of time. Once construction commences, routine updates to this briefing will be posted every two weeks following a planning meeting with BGJWSC, City of Brunswick, Glynn County and contract construction personnel. Progress will be reported in advance to the next phase of construction.

The BGJWSC will be hosting an informational meeting in the Brunswick High Auditorium on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 5:30-7:00PM. During this time, members of BGJWSC staff, elected officials and staff from the construction team at TB Landmark Construction will be present to answer your questions related to this project.

Any questions regarding this meeting or the project can be directed to the JWSC project manager, Senior Engineer Todd Kline at 912-261-7122 or tkline@bgjwsc.org.

Pump Station 2032 Project Briefing Update 9

The details below outline the project referred to as PS2032, which is located in the area between North Harrington Road and Palmetto Street on Frederica Road, on the northern half of St Simons Island. This wastewater force main basin serves approximately 3,400 customers north of and including Sea Palms West. This improvement is required in order to continue serving this existing customer base and also prepare the way for future growth.

Construction has begun. Routine updates to this briefing will be posted every two weeks following a planning meeting with BGJWSC, Glynn County and contract construction personnel. The first onsite planning meeting occurred Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Following future meetings, progress will be reported in advance to the next phase of construction.

Update 9

The Frederica Road bike/pedestrian path re-opens starting Thursday, May 11th.  There will be stabilization, pick-up of signs, removal of the mobi-mat, and project clean up remaining. The work in progress will be at the Dunbar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) until the end of June, which will be minor traffic impacts of trucks entering and leaving WPCP entrance at Palmetto Street and 6th Ave.

No map is needed at this point. There will be no other public updates until the project has been completed at the WPCP.

A copy of this report is available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF below:

PS2032_Construction_Progress_Update_9_May_10_2017_Briefing

The information below will remain unchanged for each update:

For the safety of pedestrians and crew members, please avoid approaching workers that are actively engaged in the construction process. BGJWSC staff will be making this information available in a handout form using brochure holders beginning in the middle of next week, or as soon as the displays arrive. Those holders will be spaced out along the available walking path and in adjacent business areas, such as Circle K, Benny’s Red Barn, Sea Palms Resort office, our construction staging area (at the corner of Palmetto and Frederica), and other locations along the route.

What
Construction of a dedicated 16-inch force main for wastewater discharge. The 16-inch pipe will have a 14-inch inside diameter and will replace the current 8-inch force main that has exceeded design capacity. This 8-inch line has been in constant use for over 30 years.

The method of construction is ‘trenchless’ in which all pipe installation will be completed through horizontal drilling technology to avoid open trenches and road closures. While this will result in a greater project cost, this method is preferred in order to minimize the inconvenience to the community and protect the tree canopy.

Through BGJWSC efforts at obtaining the use of property adjacent to the project for staging equipment and materials, Palmetto St will have no more than a partial lane closure during limited periods of the project. Traffic control will be present, where necessary, throughout the project.

No services will be intentionally disrupted during the project. Any environmental impacts due to construction activities will be restored during each phase.

Where
Frederica Road areas affected during project –

(Dates are estimates, exact dates will be determined when construction begins)

S. Harrington Road:

closed for two 12 to 24-hr windows during pipe pullback
Should occur end of January
Palmetto Street:

no more than one lane closed at the intersection with Frederica Road.
Should occur end of March to end of April
3rd and 4th Ave:

Through traffic closed
Should occur 18 days in April
West of 6th Avenue:

one lane closure
Should occur 18 days in April
Pedestrian Path Detour on Frederica Road –

Harrogate Road:

Detour between North Windward Drive and Palm Drive, to be used during course of construction on Frederica Road east shoulder.
Should occur mid-February to mid-March
Palm Drive and Colonial Drive:

Closure of path segments and temporary reroute of path into Sea Palms Golf Course property, to be used during course of construction on Frederica Road east shoulder.
Should occur mid-March to early April
Equipment and construction trailer will be staged at 3501 Frederica Road for the course of the project. Accommodations have been made with area businesses to avoid congestion and delays.

When
Start of Project – January 2017
Phase 1 (Frederica Road) – January-April 2017
Phase 2 (Palmetto Street) – April-June 2017
Completion of Project – July 2017

Why
The 8-inch force main is too small to support existing sewer customers. Under current conditions, the force main cannot support all the flow from the twenty contributing stations in the basin. This increases the probability of Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), which impacts the public health and safety. This project is consistent with the corrective actions as directed in compliance with an existing consent order from the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources that resulted from recent SSOs. BGJWSC is replacing this small, incompatible pipe with a new, larger 16-inch diameter force main pipe. A larger pipe will be able to provide adequate sewer services to the public and reduce the potential for SSOs.

This project is being funded by capital reserves at a cost of approximately $3.4 million. No SPLOST funds will be used.

Who
This project was designed by Four Waters Engineering, Inc., will be managed by the Planning & Construction Division of the BGJWSC and construction will be performed by T.B. Landmark Construction.

TB Landmark specializes in horizontal direction drill (HDD) which a majority of the construction requires. TB Landmark has the qualifications BGJWSC has specified for this project. The anticipated construction equipment for this project may include a HDD Drilling Rig, Excavators, Vacuum/Recycling Trucks, Dump Trucks, Loading/Unloading Trucks, and HDD Mud Mix Recycler.

Contact for this project is the BGJWSC Project Manager:

Todd Kline, PE, Senior Engineer,
Planning & Construction Division
Brunswick-Glynn County
Joint Water & Sewer Commission
1703 Gloucester St
Brunswick, GA 31520
Office: 912.261.7126

Regular project updates will be available on BGJWSC’s website – http://www.bgjwsc.org/

Sewer Capacity Availability Update 1

BGJWSC sanitary sewer systems are in need of updating in order to accommodate existing demand as well as future growth. Maps will be provided as a visual to aid understanding of that need.

Update 1

As an introduction, this update will be the first detailed mention that many of you will have seen to help you understand the circumstances that brought us to the point of instituting restrictions on new sewer connections in some areas last year. It will also help you gain an understanding as to why our rating structure is under review.

Please review the maps below and the details underneath these maps to get a better understanding of the situation:
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_Mainland_Basin_Map
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_North_Mainland_Basin_Map
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_Saint_Simons_Basin_Map
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_South_Mainland_Basin_Map

The information below will remain unchanged for each update:

What

In our ongoing efforts to make clear, easy to understand visuals, the staff of the Planning & Construction Division and the Systems Pumping & Maintenance Division have developed a mapping project to outline the timeline of sewer service capacity availability across our three systems. The maps above are not meant to be a guarantee of capacity as of a particular date since engineering and construction is ongoing and dynamic. As new connections and system improvements are made, this information and the maps visualizing the updates will be made available following Commission discussion once or twice per month, or as often as requested by the Commission. When upgrades have been performed by our in-house construction team or utility contractors, that progress will be shown, as well.

Where

The BGJWSC maintains three distinct and separate sanitary sewer utility systems: Mainland Brunswick, South Mainland and St. Simons Island, each flowing into it’s own treatment plant. Work on the conveyance to these plants will be prioritized by demand, with regional stations serving the greatest number of customers being of greatest priority. System improvements will be made to satisfy current demand. System expansion will be fueled and, in many cases, funded by developers.  Our new Unsolicited Proposal Policy outlines the methodology that will allow development in basins not having adequate capacity by giving developers the means to make the necessary upgrades that will provide for the desired residential equivalent units (REU). As the BGJWSC is neutral in terms of development but water and sewer service is a vital component of the community’s economic and environmental health, we are anxious to be able to serve customers wherever they choose to dwell.

When

This is an ongoing project that will follow the path of the 2016 Master Plan Update.

Why

As identified in the 2016 Master Plan Update, system health was poor, at best, in some areas. The system was not allowed to grow sufficiently to accommodate the demand. All sewer basins have since come under staff and independent engineering review to access these assets through the lens of satisfying existing needs while also preparing for sustainable growth in light of community development efforts with our partners in Glynn County and City of Brunswick governments.

Who

Contact for this project is:

Todd Kline, PE, Senior Engineer,
Planning & Construction Division
Brunswick-Glynn County
Joint Water & Sewer Commission
1703 Gloucester St
Brunswick, GA 31520
Office: 912.261.7126
tkline@bgjwsc.org

Regular project updates will be available on BGJWSC’s website: http://www.bgjwsc.org/