Hillcrest Water Update

Project Update 11-23-2020

Pump station

Major concrete work is completed for the pump station. The new pump station is scheduled to go into service in spring 2021. Paving in this area, as well as demolition of the old pump station, is scheduled for summer 2021.
 

Heavy machinery and equipment

Paving and other heavy machinery operations are nearing completion. There should be a significant reduction in heavy machinery and truck traffic early next year.
 

Access roads

Road paving was completed last week, including for the main entrance onto Happy Canyon Road. We will begin using the new road shortly for most facility traffic. Material delivery will go through the east gate entrance by the Canyon Club Condos.
 

Landscaping

Trees were delivered this week and we have begun planting along Happy Canyon Road and around the tanks. Within the next few weeks (weather permitting) a sprayed wood cover, called hydromulch, will be placed over the seeded areas. It will have a temporary green color, which is used during application to ensure consistent coverage. Erosion control blankets will be placed on the embankments for protection through the winter. The grass seed will sit dormant this winter and appear in the spring. The hydromulch and the blankets will dramatically reduce airborne dirt for the neighborhood.
We will hold off on planting the evergreens until spring to avoid the risk of winter die-off. Final landscaping around the pump station will not begin until construction of the building is completed next fall.

Fencing

The permanent fence is completed, and the new gates have been installed to both road access points. The blue mesh has been transferred to the permanent fencing.

Road sweeping

We have reduced the street sweeping on Happy Canyon Road to two times a week but will continue to sweep on additional days as needed.

Work hours

There will be no work at the Hillcrest site from Thursday Nov. 26 through the weekend in observance of Thanksgiving. Work will resume on Nov. 30, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, along with Saturdays when personnel will arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use will begin at 8 a.m.  We do not anticipate working any Sundays for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we continue to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

Questions? Please contact:

Amber Creasey
PR and Communications
MWH Constructors, Inc.
amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com
720-547-5451

Gianna Lombardi
Community Relations
Denver Water
gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org
303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Update

Project Update 8-14-2020

Tank backfill & stockpiles

Backfill around the tanks is now complete and the remaining stockpiles are expected to be gone by the end of August. There will be two days at the end of August during which the remaining scraper on-site will be used to flatten the area where the stockpiles were located.

Cobblestone work will begin around the tanks at the end of the month, which we anticipate will significantly reduce the amount of dust in the area.

New facility roads

Work on the new access road for the site from Happy Canyon Road has begun. It is expected to be completed and open for use by the end of September. Curbs and gutters on-site will be placed in the next two weeks with paving to follow in early September. Once this road is usable, most truck traffic will be rerouted to this access point and away from the eastern side of the site. The amount of dust will continue to decrease as flatwork for the new roads and concrete placement is completed throughout the site through the end of September.

Landscaping

The irrigation system has been installed along Happy Canyon Road outside of the fence. The remaining irrigation work for the site is expected to begin the week of Aug. 24 with completion expected by the end of September. Planting and seeding is still on schedule to begin in September.

Fencing

The permanent fencing along Happy Canyon Road is expected to be completed by the end of August. As the permanent fencing is installed, the blue mesh fencing will be reinstalled to continue to mitigate the amount of dust from the site.

Dust mitigation

We anticipate the majority of the heavy dust will be reduced as backfill activities are completed. Remaining amounts of dust will continue to drop as we finish removing the stockpiles and laying concrete and flatwork at the site. We will continue to have multiple water trucks on-site spraying as needed to mitigate dust issues in the area.

Water main replacement project on Happy Canyon Road

The water main replacement project on Happy Canyon Road is progressing on schedule. The contractor is continuing to install the water main from South Hibiscus Way toward South Forest Way. We appreciate your continued patience as this important infrastructure project is completed. The construction schedule currently shows the Happy Canyon Road work will be completed in mid-September. For questions regarding this project, please contact Denver Water’s Customer Care at 303-893-2444.

Road sweeping

We are sweeping the street on Happy Canyon Road three times a week and will continue to sweep on additional days as needed.

Work hours

We will continue to work on Saturdays through the summer, with personnel arriving at 7 a.m. and equipment use beginning at 8 a.m. We do not anticipate working any Sundays for the foreseeable future.

Weekday working hours remain from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

Questions? Please contact:

Amber Creasey

PR and Communications

MWH Constructors, Inc.

amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com

720-547-5451

Gianna Lombardi

Community Relations

Denver Water

gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org

303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Update 6/19/2020

Project Update 6-19-2020

Updated Timeline for Project

The heavy equipment work, back fill of the tanks and earth moving will be completed midfall 2020. Unfortunately, because of project interruptions and Coronavirus we had some delays this past spring, but we are back to normal operations and have significantly increased work pace in the last month.

  • Stockpiles and Heavy Earthwork: The northwest stockpile is almost gone, and we continue to work on relocating the southern pile to the east side of the site near I-25. The southern stockpile will be moved to the back on the site by the end of July.

 

  • Fencing: Permanent fencing is currently being constructed along Happy Canyon Road and is expected to be completed by the end of July. As panels of the fence are erected, we will be replacing the blue mesh covers again to mitigate dust from the site.

 

  • Potholes: We are in the process of acquiring permits to have the potholes in Happy Canyon Drive repaired, and expect to begin work in the next three to four weeks. Pothole repair should take a day or two and will entail some minor traffic impacts.

 

  • West Access Road:  The construction of the new West access gate will begin Monday, June 22, and should take approximately two weeks to complete. Flaggers will coordinate pedestrian, bike, and car traffic for the duration of the work. The Northbound lanes will be closed, and flaggers will allow alternating use of the southbound lanes by traffic going in both directions.

 

  • Landscaping: Due to the ending of the spring planting season June 15 and the unfortunate time we went through with Coronavirus delays, landscaping restoration will now be completed this Fall planting season.

 

  • New facility roads: We will begin to pave new facility roads and parking lots inside the facility grounds in July. We estimate the work will be completed by Fall.

 

The photo of the site below shows the enormous size of the project and the vast amount of work that is being done.

Dust Mitigation

The heavy dust is anticipated to decrease as the semitruck deliveries of backfill dirt for the tanks is complete. That said, there are many areas around the site where earthwork is going on. We have multiple water trucks on-site spraying roadways and anywhere work that creates dust is going on. Additionally, we pay extra attention to wetting the sections along Happy Canyon Road and the back of homes along South Hillcrest Drive.

We continue to sweep the street on Happy Canyon Road three times a week and will continue to sweep on additional days as needed.

Heavy Equipment Storage

In an effort to reduce the amount of disturbance from noise and fumes, we are moving overnight storage for heavy equipment to the east side of the site closer to I-25.

Upcoming Main Replacement Project

In a project unrelated to the work going on at Hillcrest, starting in late July, Denver Water contractor, Iron Woman, will begin replacing water mains that intersect Happy Canyon Road between South Eudora Way and ending at South Ivanhoe Lane. The work is part of Denver Water’s program to replace aging infrastructure, but because it will impact traffic in the area, we wanted to let you know it was coming.

Work Hours

We will continue to work on Saturdays through the summer, with personnel arriving at 7 a.m. and equipment use beginning at 8 a.m. We do not anticipate working any Sundays for the foreseeable future.

Weekday working hours remain from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

Questions? Please contact:

Amber Creasey

PR and Communications

MWH Constructors, Inc.

amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com

720-547-5451

 

Gianna Lombardi

Community Relations

Denver Water

gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org

303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Project Updater 4/17/2020

Project Update 4-17-2020

COVID-19

The Hillcrest project has been designated an essential infrastructure construction project that will continue forward during the shelter-in-place order issued by Gov. Jared Polis. Denver Water and MWH are taking all essential precautions to ensure we maintain recommended health and safety guidelines for our employees and the public.

Stockpile Update

Scrapers are still in use and we are on target to have the stockpiles removed by the end of April. Once the stockpile removal is complete, you should see a noticeable decrease in the amount of heavy machinery at the Hillcrest Site.

Happy Canyon Road Cleaning

We have shifted to using the East Gate entrance on Happy Canyon Road as our primary gate, which has caused an increase of dirt and debris on Happy Canyon Road. To keep the roadway clean, we are sweeping two times a week: Wednesday and Friday. We will sweep on additional days as needed.

Fencing & Landscaping

The installation of the new fence has been postponed due to manufacturing delays. The fence is now scheduled to arrive in mid-May. Landscaping is tentatively scheduled for early June, pending weather.

East Gate Entrance

Once the new fence installation is complete, we will construct a new access drive off of Happy Canyon Road. We anticipate this work will begin in early June. You will be notified of any impacts to roads or sidewalks in the next newsletter and via the social media platform Nextdoor.

Work Hours

We are continuing to work on Saturdays through spring. Personnel typically arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use begins at 8 a.m. We do not anticipate working any Sundays for the foreseeable future.

Weekday working hours remain 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

HOA Meeting

The Southmoor HOA meeting that was scheduled for April 23 at Thomas Jefferson High School has been rescheduled for Sept. 24. We will send out a reminder with confirmed time and location closer to this date.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

Questions? Please Contact:

Amber Creasey

PR and Communications

MWH Constructors, Inc.

amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com  \

720-547-5451

 

Gianna Lombardi

Community Relations

Denver Water

gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org

303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Project Update 3/16/2020

Project Update 3-16-2020

Stockpile Update

MWH brought in an additional scraper to assist with expediting the removal of the stockpiles. MWH expects to have the removal completed by the end of spring.

East Gate Entrance

The front gate to the property on Happy Canyon Road has resumed operation and there will be additional construction traffic use through this entrance. Street sweeping to remove mud and debris from the roadway is regularly scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays. Additional street sweeping will be completed as needed.

Landscaping

Weather permitting, landscaping will begin in May.

Fencing

We will be replacing the fence along Happy Canyon Road starting on March 16. During this time, temporary chain link fencing will be in place near the sidewalk. The sidewalk will remain open during construction activity. We anticipate permanent fence will be installed in April.

Completion Timeline

As demolition and construction of the new pump station nears completion this summer, we anticipate less noise and dust throughout the site. The entire project is expected to be completed in early 2022.

HOA Meeting

MWH and Denver Water is planning to attend the Southmoor HOA meeting at Thomas Jefferson High School on April 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. We will provide an update and answer project related questions from the community.

Work Hours

We continue to work on Saturdays through the spring, with personnel arriving at 7 a.m. and equipment use beginning at 8 a.m. We do not anticipate working any Sundays for the foreseeable future.

Weekday working hours remain 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

Questions? Please Contact:

Amber Creasey

PR and Communications

MWH Constructors, Inc.

amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com

720-547-5451

Gianna Lombardi

Community Relations

Denver Water

gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org

303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Project Update 2/11/2020

Project Update 2-11-2020

Stockpile Update

In January, we concluded abatement of asbestos found on-site. Additional testing has indicated that there are no additional areas of concern. As a safety precaution, asbestos monitoring will continue throughout the rest of the project.

Large equipment and scrapers have resumed work to remove the stockpiles and continue construction on-site. We recognize this activity causes dust and have water trucks spraying to keep the dust down. We are on target to complete the removal of both stockpiles by early spring.

Conduit 28

On the northeast side of the property, near the fence line, crews are installing a portion of this 90-inch-diameter pipe. This work requires heavy equipment and will take place throughout the month of February.

Happy Canyon Road

The front gate to the property on Happy Canyon Road has resumed operation for Denver Water crews and MWH crews to enter and exit the property. We will be street sweeping twice a week to remove mud and debris from the roadway.

Landscaping

Landscaping will begin in late spring during optimal planting weather. We will keep you updated on this, as the work depends on weather conditions.

Work Hours

Saturday work will continue through the spring. We will be starting Sunday work on Feb. 9 for the next few weeks to complete the Conduit 28 construction. Personnel will arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use will begin at 8 a.m.

Weekday working hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will be operating normally on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

Questions? Please Contact:

Amber Creasey

PR and Communications

MWH Constructors, Inc.

amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com

720-547-5451

Gianna Lombardi

Community Relations

Denver Water

gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org

303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Project Update 12/20/19

Project Update 12-20-2019

 

New Project Contact

Please welcome Amber Creasey as the new MWH Public Outreach representative. She will be working closely with Denver Water to provide project updates and respond to your questions and concerns. She can be contacted at amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com or 720-547-5451.

MWH Constructors has used MWHC as its abbreviation for many years, but it was recently decided that the abbreviation needs to include two of their subsidiaries. Because of this, MWH Constructors will now be abbreviated as MWH.

Stockpile Update

In the November Hillcrest project update, we mentioned a small amount of asbestos was discovered in the concrete supporting the foundation of one of the demolished tanks. Sampling and analysis were conducted of the entire site and one small additional area of contamination was found. Abatement of the found asbestos will be completed by mid-January.
Recent weather has slowed the progress of the stockpile removal, which resumed in early November. Stockpile removal is expected to be complete by early spring 2020.

East Gate Visibility

We received a concern from a Canyon Club Condominium resident regarding the visibility of traffic entering and exiting the east gate. Denver Water and MWH have removed the fabric on the fence to allow for clear views of traffic exiting the site. The stop sign was relocated to inside the gate, and the need for all to follow the speed limit was reinforced.

Work Hours

Saturday work will continue through the spring. Personnel will arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use will begin at 8 a.m.
Weekday working hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Happy Holidays!

The Hillcrest site will be closed to construction over Christmas and New Year’s on the following days: Dec. 24-Dec. 25, Dec. 28-29, and Jan. 1, 2020.
We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of your water distribution system.

Questions? Please Contact:

Amber Creasey
PR and Communications
MWH
amber.creasey@mwhconstructors.com
720-547-5451

Gianna Lombardi
Community Relations
Denver Water
gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org
303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Project Update 11/11/19

Concrete Placements
Denver Water and MWH Constructors will work the next two Saturdays, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23, to place concrete at the base of the new pump station.

We obtained permission from the City of Denver to begin work activities on-site beginning at 6 a.m., due to incoming cold weather and fewer traffic impacts. Because of the location of the work, concrete trucks need to back into position for placement. Work will include up to 15 trucks accessing the site throughout the morning with a maximum rate of four trucks per hour.

Placements are scheduled to be complete by 10 a.m. Contractors are required to remain on-site and ensure the placed concrete is protected and to remove equipment.

Happy Thanksgiving!
The Hillcrest site will be closed Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while we work to upgrade this important part of our water distribution system.

Questions?
Please contact:

Mechelle Little
PR and Communications
MWHC
Mechelle.Little@mwhconstructors.com
720-574-9799

Gianna Lombardi
Community Relations
Denver Water
gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org
303-634-3724

 

Hillcrest Water Project update 10/31/19

PROJECT UPDATE 10-31-2019

Pipeline Work
The installation of the new pipeline that runs behind homes along South Hillcrest Drive is nearly complete. The remaining section, 40 feet of pipe, will be completed in spring 2020 after other construction activities in the area are completed.

Construction Progress and Stockpile Update
During the demolition of existing concrete storage tanks, asbestos was discovered in a small area of concrete supporting the foundation for one of the tanks. As a safety precaution, tank demolition, stockpile removal and backfill work were halted. The issue was immediately reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Denver Water and its contractor, MWH Constructors, isolated and covered the area of concern in accordance with state containment standards.

Denver Water and MWHC have conducted asbestos sampling and are working with CDPHE on the final sampling analysis.
Once analysis is complete, results will be shared in an upcoming newsletter. Construction activities including tank demolition and stockpile backfill work will also resume.

General Construction Hours
General work hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Saturday work has resumed to help offset project delays. Personnel will arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use will begin after 8 a.m.

For more information on the project, visit denverwater.org/project-updates/hillcrest-storage-tank-replacement.

Questions? Please contact:

Mechelle Little
PR and Communications
MWH
Mechelle.Little@mwhconstructors.com
720-574-9799

Gianna Lombardi
Community Relations
Denver Water
gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org
303-634-3724

Hillcrest Water Project Update – 9/30/2019

PROJECT UPDATE 9-30-2019

New Project Contact

Mechelle Little is the new communications contact with MWHC and will serve as the liaison for neighbors with construction questions regarding the Hillcrest Project onsite construction. Her contact information is provided below.

Pipeline Work

The installation of the new pipeline that runs behind homes along South Hillcrest Drive is nearly complete. The remaining section of 40 feet of pipe will be completed in spring 2020 after other construction activities in the area are completed.

Construction Progress and Stockpile Update

During the demolition of the existing concrete storage tanks, asbestos boards were discovered in a small area of concrete supporting the foundation of one of the tanks. As a safety precaution, tank demolition, stockpile removal and backfill work were halted. The issue was immediately reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Denver Water and MWHC isolated and covered the area of concern in accordance with CDPHE containment standards. CDPHE has given its approval to move forward with our sampling plan to test the backfill areas around the tanks.

Denver Water and MWHC have conducted the asbestos sampling and are working with CDPHE to review the final sampling analysis. Pending the results of the sampling, we expect tank demolition and stockpile backfill work to resume in late October to early November.

 

General Construction Hours

General work hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Saturday work has resumed to help offset project delays. Personnel will arrive at 7 a.m. and equipment use will begin after 8 a.m.

For more information on the project, visit denverwater.org/project-updates/hillcrest-storage-tank-replacement.

Questions? Please contact:

Mechelle Little

PR and Communications

MWH

Mechelle.Little@mwhconstructors.com

720-574-9799

Gianna Lombardi

Community Relations

Denver Water

gianna.lombardi@denverwater.org

303-634-3724