The Department of Public Works is replacing an aging waterline with a new 24-inch line.
“It's a very involved project,” said Public Works Director Jeff Smaka. “We have to dig a trench and go around existing utilities. There'll be barriers and detours set up.”
The department scheduled the project to correspond with today's half-day and tomorrow's canceled classes at Farmington Municipal Schools in anticipation of lower traffic levels, said City Engineer Nica Westerling.
TRC Construction of Flora Vista is contracted for the city's water and wastewater utilities work. Project supervisor Rick Adair anticipates a difficult project.
“It's just the adversity of this project,” he said. “We're taking a 24-inch line and tying it to an 18-inch and a 12-inch.”
Motorists are encouraged to seek other routes, among them Highway 64, to bypass Southside River Road.
“Most anyone gets aggravated with detours, but for the most part, people understand,” he said.
About 800 feet of pipe are already laid out under Southside River Road between Energy Court and Sandstone Avenue, Adair said. His construction crew will be tying in the waterline at Sandstone Avenue and Southside River Road.
Crews will use a technique known as a hot tap, which allows them to connect to a water line without turning off water service.
No disruption in water service is expected.
Future waterline work is planned at Energy Court and Southside River Road, but will come after a project on Hydroplant Road is completed. The department is waiting for water usage to decrease from summer levels in mid to late October, Smaka said.