Work starting on Elwha treatment plant fix
March 11th, 2013 - 5:30am
(Port Angeles) -- Work to fix a clogged water treatment plant on the Elwha River may effect people using the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Olympic National Park officials say the contractor making corrections to the Elwha Water Treatment Plant will use the Milwaukee Grade access road to deliver equipment and material to the site.
Park officials are cautioning those using the trail in the area to watch out for large trucks.
A couple of dozen round trips are expected between now and the middle of April.
Macnak Construction of Lakewood Washington was awarded a one-point-three million dollar contract to fix a diversion pump station intake at the Elwha Water Treatment Plant. Sediment and organic debris have clogged the pump which feeds the city of Port Angeles' industrial water lines.
The plant was built to deal with high sediment flows related to removing two dams on the Elwha River.
The lower dam on the river is now out, but work to lower the upper, Glines Canyon Dam has been put on hold until the treatment plant fix is finished.
A new work schedule for dam removal has not yet been finalized, but the project is scheduled for completion well before the contract ends in September 2014.
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