Lewis & Clark awards $9.4 million contract

Lewis & Clark awards $9.4 million contract Lewis & Clark Rural Water System has awarded a contract for the first segment of the treated water pipeline (TWP-1) to S.J. Louis Construction of Waite Park, MN. The contract for $9,460,560 came in well below the engineer's estimate.

TWP-1 consists of nine miles of 48" and 36" diameter steel pipe, and will run along 467th Avenue from 12th Street west of Sioux Falls to 274th Street, just south of Tea. S.J. Louis officials indicate they anticipate beginning construction in late spring or early summer.

The pipe for the first two segments of the raw water pipeline near Vermillion has been installed, and the construction of the third and final segment of the RWP is already underway. In addition, two production test wells along the Missouri River have already been constructed.

When completed, Lewis & Clark will provide water from a series of wells adjacent to the Missouri River to 21 cities and rural water systems in southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota. Over 200,000 people in an area the size of Connecticut will receive water from Lewis & Clark. Depending on federal funding levels, it will take roughly another 10 years to construct the $386 million project.

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