EPWU request could spell extra month of construction for Country Club Road

EPWU request could spell extra month of construction for Country Club Road

POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:06pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:09pm

A new request from El Paso Water Utilities could mean the improvement project along Country Club Road may last a little longer than anticipated.

The City's Engineering Department said Monday that completion of the more than $14 million project is currently scheduled for next February.

But now, EPWU is asking the City for permission to replace more of the road's aging water line, potentially bumping the completion date by as many as 39 days to the first week of April.

Country Club is already getting new water and sewer lines between Doniphan and Montoya Drives as part of the current project. The water utility is now looking to replace the water line from Montoya to Santa Teresita Drive, as well.

The utility said it did not include the proposed portion of piping in its original plans because the water line near Santa Teresita is not as old as the rest buried beneath Country Club.

"Since the City of El Paso is currently re-paving the road with concrete, EPWU decided to replace the water line now to minimize the impact on customers and to avoid any extra costs of having to tear up the road in the future," said Christina Montoya, EPWU's Vice President of Marketing and Communication.

Montoya added that the project extension might not require the full 39 days and the water utility would cover the extra cost of roughly $611,000.

Santa Teresa resident Claudia Beaver said living through the construction and detours around Country Club has been challenging.

"It's been terrible," she said. "I wish someone would subsidize our fuel bills for our cars."

Still, Beaver said the upgrades to the roads - which will include new turning lanes - might prove to be worth the wait.

"I am looking forward to the improvements," Beaver said.

"I know they come with hard times; I used to live in Chicago, so I know construction," she said with a chuckle.

El Paso City Council will take up EPWU's proposal at Tuesday's meeting.

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