Byron Woods, an engineer for Municipal Consultants of Birmingham and contract engineer for the city, said the city will start advertising the project today.
“It will take longer to advertise and to get bids for it than to construct it,” Woods said Wednesday.
He said the water line project will include about 500 feet of four inch water line that will run from Hospital Drive to about five feet from the new hospital.
The hospital is just off Wolf Creek Road North in the St. Clair County Economic Development Council’s 165-acre Health Care and Educational Campus, which includes Jefferson State Community College, the Icademy, and the soon to be built Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home.
The work will include the installation of water and sewer lines, Woods said.
“The fire loop is not part of this project,” he said.
Woods said workers will install about 500 feet of sewer line for the project. Both water and sewer lines will run from Hospital Drive to about five feet from the hospital structure.
The water connection is on the south end of the building, while the two sewer connections are on the west side of the new hospital.
Sealed bids for the project are scheduled to be opened at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1.
At Monday night’s meeting, the City Council also gave Woods the go-ahead to solicit bids for the installation of new water lines along 29th and 30th streets.
Officials say the current water lines are buried underneath the streets.
“We are starting on the design immediately,” Woods said. “I’m hoping to have it (the streets) surveyed next week.
He said a survey and design must be completed before the city can actually solicit bids for the work.
Woods said since the council gave the thumbs up for the project, the city will solicit bids as soon as the water line design is finished.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, the council approved a change order for a fishing creek lift station, providing more time to finish one part of the project.
In another water related matter, the council approved a settlement for a delinquent water bill from the Everglades Apartment.
Mayor Bill Hereford said the owners will pay an outstanding $28,000 water bill, and the city will waive all late fees and penalties.