MISSOULA, Mont., July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain Water Company is preparing to rehabilitate old mains in three locations. This includes approximately 750 feet in Russell Street near the S 14th Street W and Mount Street intersection, 585 feet in the alley between Cherry and Locust Streets from Monroe to Van Buren, and 105 feet along Main Street under Higgins Avenue. These projects will cost a total of $447,000.
Mountain Water will be using a trenchless technology called cured in place pipe (CIPP) lining. The process involves digging access pits along the project, pulling a liner through the existing pipe, curing the liner with hot water, and finally disinfecting and testing the newly lined water main. Upon completion of the pipe lining, customer service lines are planned to be re-instated from inside the main with a robotic device. A temporary water system will be installed during the lining operation to provide service to affected customers.
"The CIPP technique allows us to rehabilitate the old water main with less disruption, less surface restoration, and less overall cost than conventional open-cut methods would have required," commented Logan McInnis, Mountain Water's Chief Engineer.
The Main Street project is scheduled to start on Tuesday, July 24th and be completed by Monday, July 30th (testing will be completed by Thursday August 2nd). Northbound traffic on Higgins Avenue will be diverted into a single lane during the project.
The Russell Street project is scheduled to start on Wednesday, July 25th and be completed by Monday, August 6th (temporary water will remain in place until testing is completed on Friday, August 10th) We have accelerated our schedule to eliminate any traffic disruptions during the Western Montana Fair, which starts August 7th. Starting July 30th, southbound traffic on Russell Street will be diverted into a single lane, and left turns will not be permitted from Russell Street northbound onto S 14th Street W.
The Cherry and Locust Alley project is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 1st and be completed by Monday, August 13th (temporary water will remain in place until testing is completed on Wednesday, August 15th). The alley will be closed for the duration of the project.
About Mountain Water Company
Mountain Water Company provides quality tap water, irrigation, and fire flow to 65,000 residents in Missoula through 37 wells, 45 booster stations, 24 storage facilities with a capacity of over 9.4 million gallons, 300 miles of main and over 24,000 service lines. Additional information may be found by visiting mtnwater.com.
SOURCE Mountain Water Company