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Posted on: December 14, 2023

Craig's Hill Water Pressure Improvements Project In Progress

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The Craig’s Hill Water Pressure Improvements Project starts December 18, and traffic disruptions will occur near the project area.  

The project will increase water pressure to residences and businesses in the Craig’s Hill neighborhood by about 8 pounds per square inch (psi) and increase available water storage in the Craig’s Hill water tower. This project has been in the City’s Water System Plan since 2014 and is needed to improve the performance of the water system and meet increased water storage demands.

A booster pump house will be built next to the water tower and a new higher pressure water main will be installed. Electrical service will also be extended along Craig Avenue to provide power for the new pumps.  

The project schedule is weather dependent.

December 18, 2023 to January 12, 2024 – Electrical Service Extension  

This work includes installation of electrical conduit and junction boxes along the south edge of Craig Ave. from 4th Ave. to the water tower to serve the new pump house. Some weekday traffic disruptions will occur during working hours in the project area. Local access will be accommodated and temporary daytime interruptions to driveway access during construction will be coordinated with adjacent property owners. No work is planned from December 25 to January 1.

December 18, 2023 to March 15, 2024 – Pump House and Water Main Construction

An area next to the south side of the water tower will be used for installation of the new pump house. A new driveway and a 20-foot-wide by 35-foot-long building will be constructed for the new pumps and backup generator. No work is planned from December 25 to January 1.

There will be fewer traffic interruptions during the building of the pump house. A new higher pressure water main will also be extended on Craig Ave. from the pump house to the fire hydrant at the first driveway turnaround for Reed Park. Additional information regarding traffic impacts for this work will be sent in another notice to adjacent property owners.

For questions, contact the Public Works and Utilities Department at (509) 962-7230.  

February 23 Update: Work on the Craig’s Hill Pressure Improvements Project will be suspended starting February 26 due to delays in the delivery of materials and equipment. The contractor plans to resume work on March 11.

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