Water line project planned for spring

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Pawhuska city councilors have approved going out for bids for a stretch of Kihekah Avenue water line from Main Street (Highway 60) to Seventh Street, and City Manager Larry Eulert would like to have the work completed as early as possible this spring.

“I’m pushing to get it done,” Eulert said. He pointed out the bid packet, itself, was some 250 pages in length. The cost estimate for the work is slightly in excess of $117,000.

Eulert told the Journal-Capital he hopes work can begin by early April and be completed in a couple of weeks. Getting the water-line project done will clear the way for city government to move ahead with plans for a streetscape project that will address street, curb and sidewalk needs in the Kihekah Avenue/Main Street area.

Eulert said the sewer line under Kihekah from Main to Seventh is in good enough shape it doesn’t need to be replaced.

“It’s surprisingly in good shape,” he said, adding that the sewer line can be blown out and resleeved and it’ll be ready for another 75 years.

With regard to the streetscape project, Eulert said the importance of maintaining the historical accuracy of Pawhuska’s downtown historic district will likely prevent following through on any of the more elaborate ideas that residents came up with, such as pedestrian plazas.