September 23, 2010

The City of Martinsville has contracted with Earth Environmental and Civil, Inc. from Rocky Mount, Virginia to provide engineering design services for the development of plans and specifications for the replacement of approximately 2,100 feet of 6 inch water line on Lanier Road.

With the assistance of Earth Environmental, the City was able to obtain a $20,000 planning grant through the Virginia Department of Health Financial and Construction Assistance Program for the project.    Completion of engineering design work is expected to occur in early 2011, resulting in plans and specifications that can be used to bid the project for construction.  As project estimates are developed, the City will explore options related to funding including grants, debt service, or possible inclusion as a project in the City's 2011-12 capital budget.

Concurrent with engineering design work, City staff will continue to explore options that may result in changes in flow characteristics through the Lanier Road line, potentially lessening the likelihood of future water line breaks.   "We regret the inconvenience caused to Lanier Road residents from the numerous line breaks over the past several years and appreciate everyone's patience as efforts move forward toward a solution.  With the Virginia Department of Health grant, we are pleased we can begin engineering work on this important project", noted Assistant City Manager Leon Towarnicki.