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Sandpile saving money on school project


Dump trucks are hauling about 1,400 cubic yards of sand from the Bureau of Reclamation’s giant sandpile to the school construction site daily, according to officials.

Don’t worry, the scheduled 22,000 cubic yards slated to be hauled from the sandpile won’t hardly make a dent in one of Coulee Dam’s most famous landmarks.

The dump trucks, three of them, are capable of making a trip about every 10 minutes or so.

Trucks haul eight yards per load, at a weight of about a ton a yard, and can make the haul after being loaded in about 10 minutes, one official stated.

The sand fill will enable the general contractor, Walker Construction, to raise the level of the K-12 school construction site some five feet.

Loads are dumped, pushed into place by a dozer, then watered and rolled with a giant roller, to pack the material down.

Each dump truck load of sand returns about $8 to the school district. The Bureau of Reclamation agreed to provide the sand to the contractor at $1 a yard so long as the money was returned to the school district in construction savings resulting in not having to bring material from farther away.

The sandy material is loaded from the back side of the huge pile by a loader and the trucks have about a three-block haul to the site.

The school board will get a change order to that effect at its next meeting, which will provide some $22,000 to the district.

If the contractor maintains its schedule of 1,400 cubic yards a day, it will take about 15 and a half days to complete the haul.

The haul was interrupted last Friday and Monday because the fill area was off grade. The pour on footings was scheduled for late this week, but now will be delayed until next week.

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