Water line work to surface after Labor Day
Interest in the city of Glenwood’s water line replacement project is bubbling to the surface, as it should.
A 30-year-old water line underneath the asphalt along the east side of Grand Avenue between 7th and 10th streets will be replaced. On the west side of Grand, between 8th and 10th streets, a new water line will be installed to more directly serve customers on the west side of the street.
The work is set to begin the day after Labor Day and continue through Thanksgiving.
The $400,000 project is a necessary one, but will likely cause concern from nearby businesses and will undoubtedly test the patience of drivers on busy Highway 82.
If business owners have something to say about the project, now is the time to spout off. A public meeting held in early July attracted one local business person.
The upcoming water line replacement is small fry compared to the big Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP) slated for the spring of 2004, with completion in the winter of 2004-05. Still, there will be an impact.
Traffic patterns will be adjusted for three months. During the morning and evening rush hours, two predominant lanes heading north or south will be designed to ease flow. Three lanes will be open most of the time during construction, with some closure of turn lanes expected.
At 9th Street, another new water line will be placed across Grand Avenue. That work is scheduled to be completed at night.
And hold on to your spigots for this one. Water will actually be shut off on occasion for a few hours at a time. Town staff plans to work in advance with local businesses to minimize potential problems.
Once the new 8-inch water lines are installed, the road will be repaved with asphalt.
The Downtown Development Association will conduct a community meeting in mid-August. Interested individuals can contact the DDA or city staff for more details on the meeting or the project.
It’s your chance to learn more about waterworks, sans Monopoly.
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