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Water line repairs come with hefty price tag

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Just days after a Jackson water line break sent water bursting through pavement and skyward, council members received a fourth request for more money from contractors for repairs on a separate ongoing project.

Friday's six-inch water pipe rupture on Bellingrath Road thrilled kids but caused more headaches and money for the city.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said $200 million is already needed for water line repairs city wide.

Monday council members reviewed a fourth request for increases for another project in northeast Jackson.

"The majority of the increase is for repairing wash out around the 54-inch water line that's just been installed below Eastover Lake as well as protecting a 54-inch sewer line," said Public Works Deputy Director David Willis.

Contractors with T and L Construction Company are now asking for more than $222,000 for the materials and repairs.

During the work session council members had concerns about even more requests for money for what started out as a $6.5 million project in 2008 but has risen to nearly $8.3 million.

In November the council authorized a third increase of nearly $890,000 for the same project.

When completed officials said the Express Water Main will connect the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant to the J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Facility.

"The end of this 54-inch line will actually tie in to where we had that plug blow out about three weeks ago now," added Willis.

"We already have money set aside for it, and we have contingency money that will pick up unexpected costs like this change order," said Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.

The mayor said the increased costs are included in the 2002 bond issue.

The council is expected to vote on the contract increase during Tuesday's regular meeting.

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