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113 Tewning Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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Fernbrook Pipe Repairs

July 2014

Scope of Work

This project primarily consists of the replacement of an approximately 300-foot long, 30-inch diameter segment of storm sewer from Governor Yeardley Lane to General Gookin Court in the Fernbrook Subdivision between Lots 85, 86, 74 and 75.  The high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is revealing visual signs of failure along its length and at the connection with the reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) at either end of the pipe run.  The County is also assisting with a manhole repair on Capt. Wynne Drive and obtaining permits and inspecting a pipe replacement on Jonas Profit.

Status of project

An investigation of the 30-inch was performed in late 2011 by URS Corporation which confirmed the failing condition of the pipe. The report compared several options but, made a final recommendation of removal and replacement of the existing pipe to provide the best long-term solution at the lowest cost. AES Consulting Engineers has completed the plans for pipe replacement. The plans have been reviewed by the appropriate agencies and have been provided to Purchasing in preparation for bidding. The HOA approved a memo of understanding in late March 2014 which will allow James City County’s contractor to work in the HOA’s easements. Additional easements were required to perform the work and are pending property owner approval. This project is on hold for FY2015 while a source of funding for neighborhood drainage projects is identified.

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Plan view of 30-inch stormsewer
HDPE Pipe Cracking Under Deformation
Collapsed Pipse Poor Joint


Civil Engineering Design - Complete
Pre- and Post-Construction Conditions Assessment - Pending
Bidding Phase - Spring 2014


AES Consulting Engineers - $21,867
Contract Amount and percent completed - $15,070 – 68.9 percent
ECS Mid-Atlantic - $2,491
Contract Amount and percent completed - $0 – 0 percent


  • Camera inspection completed.
  • Engineering design completed and reviewed.
  • Easement plats prepared and awaiting signature.
  • MOU for County to access easements complete.


Next Steps

  • HOA to obtain final easements.
  • Obtain bids for pipe replacement.


Project Issues

  • Lack of funding.
  • Obtaining easements and right-of-way.
  • Depth of pipe and proximity to structures.
  • Anticipated poor soil conditions and groundwater.
  • Limited access and staging area.
  • Work around existing private and public utilities.


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