Water-main upgrade under way

Affect on traffic expected to be minimal in Old Town

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— Work to install a new water main in the area of Merritt Street and Village Lane will be ongoing for the next month, slightly affecting traffic in the area.

On Monday, Precision Excavating workers started to replace a 4-inch water main with an 8-inch line.

The work is being done between the western and eastern intersections of Village Lane and Merritt Street.

The upgrade of the water main is costing the city $136,000 and will benefit about 10 homes in the area, said Greg Buxton, a city utility project engineer.

The city's only water main replacement project of the year is being done because of the age of the current line and fire code requirements, Buxton said.

"It is an old line," he said. "It also needs to be replaced to meet the fire code. A 6-inch line is the minimum. Right now, it does not meet the fire code.

"This new line will provide additional fire flow and life to our system."

Because a trench is being dug to install the new line, traffic in and out of the area will be affected.

Precision Excavating is planning to detour traffic around Village Lane.

"It is the contractor's obligation to keep the road open as much as possible," Buxton said. "There will be times when access is limited during the day.

"They are intending to have the area accessible in the mornings and the evenings."

Water to the area will also be affected.

"There will be a couple of short periods where they will have to shut off the water," he said. "We are expecting the water to be turned off two to three times."

The contractor will notify residents 24 hours in advance of any shut-off, Buxton said.

Buxton expects that anytime the water is shut off for the project it will be brief.

The work is expected to be complete by July 24.

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