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Posted on: October 3, 2018

City Utilizes Innovative Technology for Water Main Upgrades

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The City is currently rehabilitating several water mains with a process called cured-in-place pipe.

Utilizing cured-in-place pipe is an innovative way to rehabilitate old water mains while minimizing the impact to traffic. The City first used this relatively new technology during the summer of 2017 to rehabilitate a 100-year-old water main under Wealthy Street in Gaslight Village.

City crews have already begun excavating several access pits in the projects areas in advance of the work our contractor, Fer Pal, will do. By prepping the sites ahead of time, the contractor can move as quickly and efficiently through the project as possible.

The process begins by the old water mains being cleaned before a structural liner is inserted. This liner is then cured so that it hardens, essentially creating a new pipe, to extend the life of these public utility assets.

While this process may shift traffic patterns slightly, it allows streets to stay open and is significantly less invasive then a traditional open-cut replacement, which requires whole streets to be shut down for extended periods of time.

Once the contractor begins each project area, rehabilitation work should be completed within two to three weeks. Afterwards, public works crews will complete site restoration.

Project areas include: 

  • Robinson Road, west of Lakeside Drive to El Centro Blvd
  • Englewood Drive, from Breton Road to Exeter Road
  • Utility easement between Indian Trail and Frederick Drive
  • Utility easement  aligning with Conlon Avenue, between Oakwood Drive and Hall Street

“Our team continually is looking for new technology to improve our public infrastructure,” said Assistant City Manager Doug LaFave. “This process is allows us to maximize the dollars we spend, while keeping streets open – and that’s a win-win.” 

To view more project information, including public notices, click here.

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