Wastewater Upgrade Bids Come In $1.7 Million Under Budget


Bids for improvements to the Buffalo Creek wastewater pump station upgrade and force main project came in more than $1.78 million under budget. 

Johnston County Commissioners awarded a $2,561,884 bid to Ralph Hodge Construction Company of Wilson for the project. They were the lowest of six bids received. 

The project includes 3,800 linear feet of 16 inch force main and 3400 linear feet of 4 to 12 inch force main and 1140 feet of 36 inch gravity sewer main. According to Chandra Farmer, Director of Johnston County Public Utilities, the project will increase the capacity of the existing Buffalo Creek waste water pump station, which received flow from the Towns of Smithfield, Selma and Pine Level. The first phase of construction will be installed to divert flow from Highway 70 at Swift Creek Road towards the new county water plant under construction on County Home Road off Highway 210. 

The total cost of the project awarded including engineering, easements and loan cost totals $3,414,000. The County had previously projected the improvements would be $5,197,800.  

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