Gresham Smith Engineers Water Infrastructure Improvements in Alabama

Gresham Smith is busy in Birmingham!

The firm is excited to have completed the construction of two significant projects as part of the water main replacement program in Birmingham, Alabama. The improvements will enhance the reliability of drinking water for businesses and residences in the West End and Highland Park neighborhoods.

“With any public infrastructure, it is important to always make certain you are renewing your assets to keep them functioning at their best,” said Kent Hartzog, P.E., senior water resources engineer at Gresham Smith. “The Birmingham Water Works Board is taking proactive steps to support existing communities and invest in their future. We were glad to partner with them on this project.”

Serving as the lead engineer for the project and using a traditional dig and replace excavation technique, the team installed 3,700 feet of 6-inch piping along and around Wesley Avenue, which is part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-designated environmental justice zone. Additionally, the team replaced 2,660 feet of 6-inch pipe surrounding Cliff Road.

Along with recently completed projects, many others are under construction and in design phases. The City of Hoover Applecross Pump Station is progressing through construction, with a new configuration, equipment and site improvements expected to be completed by early 2024. Additionally, the firm was recently chosen to work with the City of Tuscaloosa on a gravity sewer and force rehabilitation project, which is now in the design process. The project consists of lining the interior of three miles of large diameter piping and manholes with corrosion resistant materials to prolong the useful life of the system. In addition to the gravity sewer main, the project will include replacing air release valves located on the force main which will increase the longevity of the force main.