Pipe replacement picks up steam

April 4, 2019

City Utilities is moving forward to replace a record amount of water main pipe in 2019 : including along portions of North Clinton Street, officials said Wednesday.

“Pipes between Grove Street, Edgewood Avenue and Livingston Avenue have experienced more than 40 breaks, with seven occurring last year,” the city said in a news release.

The water main on North Clinton will be replaced in two phases. The first will begin this month with work on Clinton, Grove and Edgewood streets, on Lima Road from Clinton to Edgewood, and on Edgewood from Lima to Figel Avenue.

In June, the Turnstone Center for Children and Adults is hosting the International Qualifier for Goalball and Judo. To accommodate the traffic, City Utilities said it will delay the start of the second phase, which will involve pipe replacement on Clinton from the point where Lima Road branches off to the northeast to the point where Clinton and Coldwater Road split.

The first phase, about 0.35 mile, will cost $559,000, based on the bid, city spokesman Frank Suarez said. The next phase, about 0.65 mile, hasn’t been bid.

Turnstone officials are glad to see nearby cast iron pipes, dating to 1920, replaced.

“The replacement of our water main will help us better serve our clients and the community,” Colin Lyman, director of facilities for Turnstone, said in a statement.

Since 2000, nearly 95 miles of vulnerable water mains have been replaced, according to a news release. A significant portion were replaced in the last five years when City Utilities aimed for an average of nine miles of new water pipe each year.

Over the next five years, City Utilities plans to replace 14 miles of aging water main, each year, in neighborhoods with a high number of breaks or identified as being vulnerable to breaking because of age or material.