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November 21, 2013

Hulman Dam project completed under budget

TERRE HAUTE — The Terre Haute Board of Sanitary Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve change orders and final payment, as the Hulman Dam project on East Hulman Street is complete.

The board approved a final payment of $110,307 for the project, to be paid from grant funds. The payment includes extra work to clear trees at the west end of the dam’s spillway.

It also includes payment for unused rebar that was ordered for 40 feet of wall. However, the city’s total project cost is less because an earthen berm was used instead of a flood wall, said Brad Utz, director of inspection for the city’s department of engineering

“We shortened the wall by 40 feet because as Duke Energy relocated and buried [its power] line, [it] didn’t go deep quick enough. Because of that, we eliminated a short section of the wall and built up the berm,” which still meets state standards, Utz said.

With that change, the total project cost is actually $1,801 less than the original bid of $346,078, Utz told the board.

“So far, all punch list items have been completed with the exception of removal of the slit fence, which they will do in the spring,” Utz said.

The fence must stay in place until spring when vegetation germinates.

The board voted to release a retainage — which Wikipedia defines as “a portion of the agreed upon contract price deliberately withheld until the work is substantially complete to assure that contractor or subcontractor will satisfy its obligations and complete a construction project” — of $17,149 to S&G Excavating.

Hulman Dam was raised approximately five feet to meet new state requirements for any dam whose breach would result in significant damage to homes or infrastructure. A 2011 study of the Hulman Dam by Banning Engineering determined a breach of the dam would affect thousands of Terre Haute homes to the west of Hulman Lake.


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