BPU To Remove Steel Sheet Piling Wall From The Chadakoin River

Steel sheet piling wall in the Chadakoin River near the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Steele Street location. The BPU has hired Buffalo Industrial Diving Company to remove the steel sheet piling wall from the river. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is working to remove the steel sheet piling wall from the Chadakoin River.

On Monday, the board approved a resolution to hire Buffalo Industrial Diving Company for $99,875 to remove the sheet metal wall. The resolution stated the project will consist of removing the 430-foot sheet metal wall. The wall is in the Chadakoin River near the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk near Panzarella Park.

David Leathers, BPU general manager, said staff was originally planning to perform the project during the late summer, early fall. However, the Jamestown Riverfront Management Council has requested the BPU conduct the project this spring so it can be completed before April 1.

The Jamestown Riverfront Management Council is hoping to start work on a shoreline stabilization project this spring near where the sheet metal wall is located.

Leathers said BPU officials will do their best to have the wall removed before April 1. He estimates that it will take about a week to a week-and-a-half to complete the project. He added the bid is in line with the amount budgeted for the project, which will be paid for through the dismantling fund.

Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the project will improve the aesthetics of the river near the Riverwalk. He said the sheet metal wall was once used as part of a catch basin that was used to collect hot water as part of a water cooling process.

In other business, the BPU board approved a change order with International Chimney Inc. of Buffalo for construction of a new simple cycle stack at the generating station. The change order is to account for new stainless steel silencers. The first contract award approved last month was for $884,514, which has been increased to $1,056,861.

Leathers said the project should start some time during the middle of April and be concluded by June. He also said the BPU has received notification from the state Department of Environmental Conservation that the stack will be 130 feet high instead of 199 feet high, which is based on air modeling results.

In September, an inspection of the simple cycle stack revealed unexpectedly high steel wall thickness loss and severely deteriorated internal components.