PSJ will save $100k on pipes

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

The city of Port St. Joe figures to save hundreds of thousands of dollars by performing a bulk of the second phase of water pipe replacement in-house.

A pilot project along Marvin Avenue completed this week has demonstrated that the Public Works Department can cut it on the concrete slicing and pipe replacement cheaper and faster than a contractor.

That will mean the city will use Public Works to complete roughly half of the four miles of pipe to be replaced this year as part of the second phase of replacement.

Public Works director John Grantland said his crew could likely perform much of the work in the third and final phase.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my staff,” Grantland said. “Our skill set has changed. We have several employees who worked for contractors and we can do more work than a contractor and we can do it faster and save money.”

The Marvin Avenue section between Sixth and Tenth Streets was finished in roughly four days, Grantland said, and at a fraction of the cost - $26,000 compared to a $95,000 bid for the work.

Commissioner Rex Buzzett also praised employees for their commitment to the city.

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