$1.6 Million Project will Upgrade Aging Water Mains in East Arlington
By Alana Earle, Arlington Water Utilities
Posted on January 11, 2022, January 11, 2022

Water Project Update

An Arlington Water Utilities water main renewal project set to begin in January 2022 will replace 9,400 linear feet, or about 1 3/4 – miles, of 6-inch and 8-inch cement and cast-iron water mains along various residential streets in East Arlington.

The new water mains will be made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, which is a non-corrosive and flexible pipe suitable for high pressure pipelines.

The streets involved in the 2020 Water Main Replacements project are:

• 1700-1900 blocks of Briar Meadow Drive
• 1600-1800 block of Wickersham Drive
• 1600 block of Twin Post Drive
• 1600-1700 block of Coronado Street
• 1800-1900 block of Chalice Road
• 1700-1800 block of Redwood Street
• 1400-1500 block of Harvest Hill Lane

The existing pipe will be replaced through a method called, static pipe bursting. This is a process where crews dig holes on both ends of the existing pipe section. Then, the new pipe is pushed through the existing pipe. A bursting head fractures the existing main as the new main moves into place.

After the mains are replaced, the dugout areas are filled back in. This bursting method will save significant amounts of construction time and will be less disruptive to residents and businesses. Construction of the improvements is expected to last into summer 2022. When completed, the project will:

• Upgrade old pipes that have a history of water main breaks;
• Decrease maintenance cost and upkeep;
• Upgrade existing meters to remote-read meters;
• Improve service to the affected neighborhoods.

Murphy Pipeline Contractors, Inc. is the contractor for the new project. The Arlington City Council awarded the company a $1.6 million contract on Oct. 28, 2021.

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