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.

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/