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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Marin Municipal Water District to Relocate Pipeline in San Rafael Due to SMART Right-of-Way

The Marin Municipal Water District has awarded W.R. Forde Associates a contract to begin work installing 1,350 feet of welded steel and PVC pipe in the City of San Rafael. This project will relocate existing pipelines as necessitated by the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) right-of-way.

W.R. Forde Associates submitted the lowest responsible bid in the amount of $286,940 for the project. W.R. Forde Associates has completed many projects for the district with a history of adhering to their original bid. The total cost of the Merrydale Road Pipeline Project is estimated to be $483,350 and is funded by the district’s Capital Improvement Program.

This project is an example of the district’s coordinated efforts to protect or relocate pipelines from this large infrastructure project. Two conflicts with the SMART system will be resolved under this contract. Streets impacted by this work include Merrydale Road and Pilgrim Way. The project will begin August 2015, and is estimated to reach completion in October.

The segment on Merrydale Road south of San Pedro Road near Pilgrim Way was overlaid by the city in 2011 and their pavement restoration requirement commits the district to pave the full width of the street for the length of the pipe work at an approximate cost of $40,000. This pavement restoration is included in the project scope.

These street segments were also evaluated for improvements to the recycled water piping. The existing recycled water piping was designed and installed per current railroad crossing standards in 1992 and as such, no improvements are needed at this time.

This project aligns with the district’s five-year strategic plan to improve water supply resiliency and maintain facilities and equipment sufficiently. Customers with questions about the project can contact Jeff Ohmart with MMWD’s Engineering Division at 415-945-1574.

Media Contact: Emma Mahoney
Phone: 415-945-1592

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