Knee Deep With TMWA

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As we all tend to do, we get all wrapped up in one of our projects for weeks or months on end and then we’re off to the next one. There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment in completing a successful project and a great sense of anticipation to begin a new one. For the early part of the construction season, the Construction group has been knee deep in Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s (TMWA’s) North Valley’s Integration, Lemmon Drive Main Installation Project and we expect to wrap up this job in the next month or so.

The main focus of the North Valleys Integration Project is to provide nearly 28,000 linear feet for a 24-inch ductile iron water main to provide water from the previously unused Fish Springs groundwater supply to the North Valleys area, creating an independent water supply for this portion of TMWA’s system. Additionally, the completed project will help TMWA stretch their drought reserves and deliver 8,000 acre-feet of water each year.

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Lumos was hired by TMWA to provide complete Construction Management Services on this $9.1 million dollar construction project. We teamed with TMWA’s inspectors to provide the primary inspection on the pipe installation, while Lumos provided coordination and oversight. Rounding out the team was TMWA’s Juan Esparza, Principle Engineer; Prime Contractor Granite Construction and Underground Subcontractor Reno Tahoe Construction.

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With the main line being installed within Lemmon Valley Drive, the public relations and traffic control aspects of the project were paramount. Especially between the US-395 Interchange and the Sky Vista Intersection which has an average daily traffic in excess of 28,000 vehicles and numerous commercial developments – the project team was able to effectively communicate lane closures, alternate business accesses and the effect of construction activities.

Finally, the coordination between multiple agencies/jurisdictions proved to also be a key element of the project. These included TMWA, City of Reno, Washoe County, NDOT, NDEP, and EPA – the project team also did an exceptional job in communicating with all these different agencies.

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