Southern Delivery System: First phase to tally $800 million including $160 million payroll

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The water pipeline project will employ an average of 380 workers per year through 2016 with the peak hiring anticipated to come in 2014 with an estimated 700 jobs, according to Colorado Springs Utilities. “As you can imagine, once construction begins this year, a project of this scope and magnitude will have a significant impact on local economies,” said John Fredell, SDS project manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.

Of the total, about $550 million will go for construction of the connection to Pueblo Dam, the 50-mile pipeline, three pump stations along the route and a treatment plant east of Colorado Springs. About $400 million of that will go for the El Paso County portion of the project and $150 million will go for the Pueblo County portion. The remaining $330 million will go for property acquisition, legal, engineering and permitting costs. The first phase is scheduled to be completed by 2016. Labor costs are estimated at $160 million. “We are committed to hiring as much local labor as possible,” Fredell said. “We expect average employment of 380 workers between 2010 and 2016 with a peak employment of 700 workers anticipated for 2014.”

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