ARLINGTON >> Improvements to the Arlington water system are now underway, and are scheduled to continue through November.
After the voters approved the town's $4 million bond request to purchase the Arlington Water Company in March, $1.65 million of that went to purchasing the company with the rest earmarked for infrastructure repairs and improvements. A month ago, the Select Board accepted a bid from Zaluzny Excavating Company, of Vernon, to be the project's lead contractor. Zaluzny is working with Jason Booth, of Aldrich and Elliott Water Resource Engineers.
The total cost of these improvements and repairs will be $1.71 million. The construction crews have been working on a section of Route 7A since last week.
"We're doing two critical elements in the center of town first, over the next three weeks to a month," said board member Dan Harvey, "Then we'll work out from there."
He said residents should follow the town's Facebook page, (Facebook.com/TownofArlingtonVT) for updates throughout the summer.
"These upgrades will make significant improvements to the system," reads the most recent update to that page, "and will cause various traffic delays throughout the construction season with upgrades scheduled to be completed in early November 2016. Service disruptions are expected to be minimal and residents will be notified in advance. Please allow additional commute time through the center of town for the next couple weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience."
The project has been divided into nine sections. Area #1 is on Route 7A from Route 313 to Russell Street, where crews will be upgrading 900 feet of water line from 3-inch to 8-inch piping. Area #2 will add 400 feet of new water line along East Arlington Road, from the intersection with Route 7A to existing 12-inch piping beginning near Mack Moulding. Area #3 will upgrade 2,000 feet of 4-inch water line to 8 inches on Route 7A, heading south from Russell Street. Area #4 will continue south from that point on Route 7A to Carbonti Circle, replacing 1,100 feet of 4- and 6-inch piping with 8-inch piping, and replacing 600 feet of one and a half inch piping on Carbonti Circle with 4-inch water line.
Area #5 will be upgrading 700 feet of water line on Munn Terrace from 3 inches to 8 inches. Area #6 will be a repair of 350 feet of 3-inch piping on Ice Pond Road. Area #7 will be upgrading 900 feet of aging 1-inch pipe to 8-inch pipe on Chiselville Road. Area #8 will involve upgrading 100 feet of 4-inch piping to 8-inch piping on Warm Brook Road. Finally, the last portion of the project, Area #9, will upgrade 800 feet of one and a half inch water line on Route 313 to 4-inch piping.
The Arlington Water Company has about 510 direct users, including the Arlington's library, town offices, and schools, with about 40 in the town of Sunderland. The board has remained confident that the bond, which will be paid back over 30 years, will be paid by water department revenues, and that no tax increases will be necessary.
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.