Aging utility lines being replaced around Westside
Ongoing upgrades of ancient utility lines have recently led to street closures in three neighborhoods on the Westside.
One is in the area of Kiowa Street between Walnut and Chestnut streets, which is getting a new 6-inch-wastewater line. The old pipe dates back to 1895. Work is expected to last until the end of April, according to David Grossman of Utilities. The work is part of the ongoing Local Collector Evaluation and Replacement Program (LCERP), in which crews seek to re-line existing pipes instead of having to dig them up and replace them.
In the area of Willamette Street, between Walnut Street and its dead end west of Cooper Avenue, a clay pipe from 1902 has been handling wastewater. But Utilities decided it could not be relined. Instead, in the project that started this month, the old pipe under Willamette will be abandoned and a new 6-inch plastic line installed, Grossman said.
The anticipated completion of the project - before May 1 - won't be the last of the planned work in that area this spring. According to Grossman, a water-line replacement is slated to begin as soon as the wastewater work is done.
The third area getting torn up for utility needs is around 23rd and Hagerman streets, where a 4-inch-wide water main, installed in 1900, is being replaced with a pipe that's twice as big. The work is expected to improve water flow to homes in that area as well as fire hydrants. The line being worked on runs from the intersection of 23rd and the alley south of Hagerman along the alley to 22nd street and up 22nd to the alley north of Hagerman, Grossman said. Work is scheduled to continue until the end of May, with occasional service interruptions to the surrounding neighborhood.
Other recent wastewater work is occurring around Columbia and Chestnut, 15th and Platte and in an easement in Spring Street, Grossman said.
In summation, he said, “We know it's an inconvenience for Westside neighbors, and we appreciate their patience. The good news is that your readers are seeing their wastewater dollars hard at work. The new pipe segments and system upgrades should keep wastewater flowing away from homes for another 100 years.”
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