PITTSBURG, KS.--- Business owners on a busy Pittsburg street are preparing for the replacement of a 100 year old waterline. The $838,000 project will begin November 12th on the aging water pipe under 13 blocks of Broadway between Quincy and 2nd Street. The city's Public Utilities Department held an informational meeting tonight. Project managers say business owners are worried about less traffic and an interruption in water service. City leaders expect traffic to continue on Broadway with at least 2 lanes and water will turn back on within a couple hours after shut off.They say the new pipe will maximize water flow and improve fire protection.
"We have larger lines, larger capacity so you can deliver more water to each fire hydrant. Also, this water line is going to be eventually tied directly into the water tower a couple blocks away and that's going to really give it great service," states John Bailey, Pittsburg Director of Utilities.
The project is expected to take 120 calendar days and will end in early Spring. If you have any questions, contact the City of Pittsburg's Public Utilities Office.