OGDEN -- Large-scale excavation is complete for the construction of a controversial 5-million-gallon water tank at the top of 36th Street.
Work on the $2.8 million tank project is slated to be completed in summer 2011, City Engineer Justin Anderson said Monday.
Rebar is being placed at the excavation site, which will spur the majority of the concrete work on the tank that's slated to be finished in early spring, Anderson said.
"The project is moving along and is on schedule and on budget," said Anderson.
The project, which will cost about $700,000 less than originally anticipated, will replace a pair of steel tanks, also on 36th Street, that are about 80 years old and can hold 2.2 million gallons.
Once the new tank is complete, the old tanks will be demolished and removed, and the entire area will be revegetated with the help of a temporary irrigation system. Trails in the vicinity of the project will remain open during construction.
All trails are clearly marked, and construction signs warn trail users where designated construction areas are located.
To help keep the site aesthetically pleasing, numerous large rocks uncovered during excavation will be used to create retaining walls necessary for a future pumping house location.
The city council amended its capital improvement plan in February to allow installation of the new tank.
The amendment was needed because an initial plan called for the tank to be placed at the top of 46th Street.
However, an engineering study has since determined the 36th Street location will allow the tank to better serve the East Bench area, Anderson said.
The city would have to get permission from the U.S. Forest Service to place the tank at the 46th Street location but already owns the land where the 36th Street tank will be built, Anderson said.