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Curtis Contracting Builds Va. Reservoir

Mon October 15, 2018 - Southeast Edition
Brenda Ruggiero – CEG Correspondent


The reservoir project involves approximately 1.7 million cu. yds. of earth moving.
The reservoir project involves approximately 1.7 million cu. yds. of earth moving.
The reservoir project involves approximately 1.7 million cu. yds. of earth moving. The Greensville County, Va., reservoir will include a 5.6 million-sq.-ft. liner system, an intermediate pump station and aeration capability.
The 1 billion-gal. reservoir consists of 180 acres of disturbed area. Curtis Contracting Inc., West Point, Va., uses Cat equipment for excavation and rolling. Compaction is being achieved with a Cat 815F and a Cat padfoot CP56 roller. A Cat excavator loads an off-road dump truck.

Curtis Contracting Inc., West Point, Va., is currently working on a reservoir project for Greensville County, Va. When complete, the reservoir will serve as the county's raw-water facility, with an approximate storage capacity of 1 billion gal.

Martin Harrell, project manager of Curtis Contracting, who has been with the company for five years, reported the project began December of 2017 and currently has a 730-day duration, which allows for a substantial completion date of December 2019.

The full project dollar amount is $16.2 million, with funding coming through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Bill Solomon is the project superintendent, and Tom Cahoon and Ray Harris are project foremen.

“The project is currently on schedule even with the extensive rain we have incurred this season,” Harrell said.

The contract calls for a 1 billion-gal. reservoir consisting of 180 acres of disturbed area and includes approximately 1.7 million cu. yds. of earthmoving, a 5.6 million-sq.-ft. liner system, an intermediate pump station, reservoir aeration, an access road, and 2,400 linear ft. of 18-in. raw waterline.

“The main challenge has been the weather,” Harrell said. “Obviously, we are constructing a large pond. We are reversing the natural flow of water over a large area. Managing the drainage of surface water is key to keeping the machines running and staying on schedule. What makes this project unique is its massive scale. Not often do we have the opportunity to move such large quantities of material in this area.”

T. A. Loving Company, Goldsboro, N.C., is performing all of the work on the intermediate pump station, its structures, waterlines, controls and piping. Hallaton Environmental Linings is performing the installation of the 60-mil exposed liner, which includes a geosynthetic layer and gas vent strips.

“On this project we are utilizing six Cat 745 off-road trucks pulling MTS 42 cubic yard scrapers,” Harrell said. “These units are being pushed with a Cat D8 and a D9. We are utilizing Cat D6T LGP dozers equipped with Trimble GPS units for grade control.

“Compaction is being achieved using a Cat 815F and a Cat padfoot CP56 roller. We are also utilizing Cat 745 and 730 off-road dump trucks being loaded with Cat 349 and 336 excavators. A Cat 323 excavator outfitted with total control GPS is used to install piping and drains along the site.”

Curtis Contracting Inc. was founded by Betty and Mickey Curtis in 1985. The company has grown in size over the years to nearly 400 employees.

“We are a diversified group, working for VDOT, the federal government, municipalities and private industry,” Harrell said. “Our capabilities include earthmoving, bridge and structures, highway concrete patching, asphalt paving, highway maintenance, pipe boring and lining, guardrail, sign installation and we also have a building construction division.”

Andy Curtis is the current president of Curtis Contracting Inc. Steve Ordung is vice president of operations, and Raymond Jarvis is vice president of finance.