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CPW approves $85,000 bid to relocate water line at Inland Port

Will absorb costs of capping Moore Street utilities

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, July 22, 2013

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Greer Commission of Public Works reported all gas, water and sewer lines have been capped along Moore Street. All the houses acquired by the South Carolina Port Authority have been razed and removed.

Jim Fair

Greer Commission of Public Works reported all gas, water and sewer lines have been capped along Moore Street. All the houses acquired by the South Carolina Port Authority have been razed and removed.

Greer Commission of Public Works approved an $85,255.90 bid to Howard Construction of Greer for relocating a water line from 11th Street to East Avenue at the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer.

The project will include encasing a portion underneath the railroad spur that will run parallel to the Norfolk Southern track. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe will be used except for iron ore casing that crosses under the track.  The project is expected to be completed within the next five weeks, Randy Olson, Greer City Operations Manager, said.

Grading is expected to begin soon along Moore Street for a second rail spur to run parallel to the tracks on Hwy. 290. CPW has capped all the gas, water and sewer lines that were connected to a row of houses that were demolished on Moore Street. The roads that led to Moore Street are being turned into cul-de-sacs.

“We are not looking for full reimbursement for abandoning and capping off the lines,” General Manager Nick Stegall told commissioners. “Normally we don’t charge for that,” he responded to a query from commissioner Perry Williams.

CPW has met its deadlines that were fast-tracked in anticipation of a Sept. 1 launch date for the $25 million facility. The South Carolina Port Authority, saying the record rains have played havoc with the construction schedule, announced last week that the first cargo is expected to move around Oct. 1.

Some of the water and sewer lines are done and water has been capped on Dobson Shed road where a guardhouse will be located. CPW is also providing a fire line and water drinking line.

CPW will begin providing service this week to a gas line connecting to the $13.4 million, 414,000 square-foot BMW Manufacturing Co. warehouse that will be used as an assembly facility. The four-story building is on Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport property and has a long-term lease with CenterPoint, the inland port’s developer and construction manager.

SUBSTATION: CPW continues to shop for a parcel of land to build a substation near the Inland Port. GSP, the South Carolina Port Authority and BMW Manufacturing Co. have suitable sites.

CNG CANOPY: The canopy to be placed over CPW’s compressed natural gas station remains to be installed. 

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