Gainesville is gearing up for what could be a two-year effort to improve water service in the area around Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall County.
The work is a major part of the city’s upcoming annual water main extensions and improvements program, which is undergoing a preliminary bidding process.
Plans call for running a larger water main down White Sulphur Road “for the long-term benefit of getting better water supply” to Gateway, project manager Jason Perry said.
“They have water and plenty of water pressure (in that area), but we would like to get a bigger main over there to help us serve them better,” he said.
The 518-acre industrial park, which is north of White Sulphur Road, has been in development for several years, with Hall County adding roads and Gainesville and Hall involved in ramping up sewer for the area.
The county’s final completion on sewer in the area is set for March, said Ken Rearden, public utilities director.
The industrial park’s first occupant, the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network’s main lab, expects to begin operating soon.
Perry said a large water main on White Sulphur now ends between Sargent and Ramsey roads. Extension work involving a 16-inch line will cross railroad tracks in the area twice, ending near the second railroad crossing, Perry said.
“It will require another project next year to finish from there all the way to Gateway,” he said.
“This is large pipe, with a large cost. To do all this in one project would take up the entire (program) and we couldn’t serve anybody else. And we don’t want to do that.”
The city already has a 12-inch water main that comes up Whitehall Road that serves part of the area.
“We’re trying to get all this connected to reinforce our system, so that if something did happen we would have more redundancy in our system,” Perry said. “If there was a main break, you don’t have as many customers out of water.”
The city’s annual program is used to help with a range of system needs, including putting lines along roads where residents have petitioned for water.
This year’s program, which costs about $1.5 million and involves about 5 miles of water lines, also includes work down North Browning Bridge Road.
“That’s one that has been on the petition list for years ... because of the length of getting down to the people who petitioned,” Perry said.
The work doesn’t include Don Carter State Park, which opened last year at the end of North Browning and overlooks Lake Lanier.
The city is accepting prequalification applications through Friday for bidders on the program.