By Sarah Richardson
The Ronceverte City Council met on Oct. 4 to consider approving extensions to the city’s ongoing water line replacement and
upgrade project. Three change orders to the project were approved, all of which extended project completion dates. Bob Hazelwood of
E.L. Engineering said that the construction industry has had a “difficult year” between dealing with the pandemic, shipping delays,
and shortages of materials. He noted that the extensions were not unusual given the scope of the project.
According to city employee Steve Williams, Ronceverte is saving “almost 100,000 gallons a day” of water thanks to the repairs that
are already completed.
Councilmembers noted the rough shape that local roads are in thanks to the constant construction work to the buried water lines, and
noted that they are continuing to fill the roads with gravel until paving work can be completed. This week, weather permitting, should
see the start of the extensive repaving projects around town.