Construction is expected to begin later this month in Winooski to replace a water main running from Hickok Street to West Lane that has had six breaks since 2014.
Initially installed sometime before 1929, the water main was prioritized for replacement by the city heading into this year.
“The city has a water main master plan, and we looked at all the water mains in the city, their break history, and the condition rating,” said Public Works Director Jon Rauscher. “Hickok Street was prioritized because of the number of breaks in the undersized water main.”
The project is expected to cost $1.086 million, and is carried by the city’s water enterprise fund. It will be financed through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and has qualified for 30 percent grant subsidy.
Hickok Street and West Lane will be active construction sites until the project is completed, which will likely inconvenience those who live on the busy residential streets.
“Unfortunately, there will be some parking restrictions as the new water main is installed, and we’re also looking at rerouting the bus service to accommodate the installation.”
While the new water main will be installed this year, there’s a second phase of the project that will be completed in 2020. During that phase, the city will address sidewalks, stormwater and sewer infrastructure.