Water-main project on 21st Street to continue nights into October; 2nd phase in December
Occurring from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., the work is affecting the Midland residential neighborhood to the west, because of a traffic detour. During that time frame, southbound vehicles on 21st are being directed to turn right at Bott Avenue, left at 23rd Street, left on Broadway and then right to get back onto southbound 21st.
According to Mike Lovato, Utilities construction crew supervisor, the project had not been initially scheduled this year, but got “bumped up the list” because of frequent breaks in the 16-inch water transmission line under 21st.
The first phase consists of digging under 21st to install a new 8-inch water main between Bott and Broadway streets. The line will be connected at Broadway to the 16-inch.
The 8-inch line will serve the businesses along that part of 21st. Currently, they are connected to the 16-inch line, which not only keeps breaking (and putting them out of service until repairs can be made) but as a transmission line it should not have individual stub-outs, Lovato explained.
In the second project phase, tentatively slated for December, Utilities crews will replace the 16-inch line. The expected duration for that project will be about a month. The area affected will be between Broadway and Highway 24, he said.
In connection with the water-main work, digging equipment nicked a gas main Sept. 22. That's why Bott had to close for several hours in the daytime, causing some traffic snarls as crews made repairs, Lovato said.
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