By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Work crews started stockpiling supplies Thursday for a public water project that will serve customers that have had to rely on wells in the Eads Mill Road area.
Part of the Oakvale Public Service District, the new project will extend from the intersection of Eads Mill Road to Brush Creek Falls Road, said Christopher Perdue, an engineer with Stafford Consultants in Princeton.
“It will extend service to approximately 19 customers along Eads Mill Road,” Perdue said. “They currently depend on wells that are of poor quality. In this area with the mineral content, that water is not very good.”
The Oakvale Road PSD has been working on several water projects in the Oakvale area of Mercer County, but this new one at Eads Mill Road will be a separate water line, Perdue said.
“This is an individual project here,” he said. “They (PSD) have done some work on that end near Oakvale, but this one is independent.”
Crews were stockpiling water pipes and other supplies near the construction site Thursday.
“It should be under construction within the next two weeks, and it should take six months to complete,” Perdue said. “There will be approximately 12,500 feet of potable water line.”
The entire project will cost approximately $700,000. It is being funded in part by the Mercer County Commission through funds obtained in a coal severance grant and additional money from a West Virginia Infrastructure and Job Development Council grant, Perdue said.
Getting past rock along the pipeline’s route could present some difficulties, but serious problems are not expected.
“Overall, it will be a pretty straightforward project,” Perdue said. “We don’t foresee any major issues.”