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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Airway Heights City Council moves along Spokane water intertie


At the May 7 Airway Heights City Council meeting, the board awarded a bid to construct the Spokane water intertie project to DW Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $130,662.58.

The new intertie connection was authorized recently to amend the water supply agreement with the city of Spokane to help a supply deficiency associated with deactivating Wells 1, 4 and 9 due to the PFOS/PFOA contamination in 2017.

The new intertie will connect to the city of Spokane line located at Craig and McFarlane roads with an amount of 1,400 gallons per minute (gpm), but will reach up to 2,900 gpm during the summer. The plan is intended to be temporary until Airway Heights is able to develop an independent water supply system.

“It is the fourth project for DW Excavating for the city,” Public Works Director Kevin Anderson said. “This is a fast track project and it is relatively small.”

In another Public Works Department item, Anderson told the council about a project to replace curb ramps in several areas of the city where they do not meet current ADA standards.

The project includes 27 ramps, which is 100 percent funded by a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant, so the department is hoping to add about two to three more ramps to the project. The current work plan authorizes spending up to $200,000, and DW Excavating was awarded the contract with the lowest bid of $153,817.

“This will fix the problem for the long-term,” Anderson said.

Still continuing with public works, the council held a public hearing on the six-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and after no comments were made from the audience or council, it was closed within a minute.

The second phase of the Garfield, Russell and Sprague construction was also authorized, which is being done by DW Excavating with an estimated cost of $206,409. The company was also awarded the first phase of the project.

The council also approved an integrated economics task order that is designed to support with the city’s partnership with both Kalispel and Spokane Tribal governments that costs $2,500 a month.

There are five key areas that the city will work on in the order, including supporting the translation of the city’s new partnership strategy into a specific work program for the city manager and providing ongoing strategy executive and development throughout the calendar year.

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