Forum coming Dec. 10 on downtown water-main replacements

Nov. 25, 2013 @ 12:16 PM

Beginning this spring, a year-long project to replace the water main and upgrade the water meters in Durham’s downtown loop will get underway.

The project replaces water lines that were originally constructed in the 1930s. The work will include replacing approximately 12,000 feet, or nearly 2.3 miles, of water lines within the downtown loop, and upgrading 25 water meter boxes. Officials expect the project to cost between $6 million and $8 million and will pay for it out of previously authorized capital-improvement funds.

While the work will take place on public property, there will be changes in traffic patterns, detours, and temporary limited access to some properties, plus planned water service disruptions. Noise impacts throughout the area during construction are also likely.

Downtown residents and business owners who want to learn more about the project and its impact can attend a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. City staff will also be presenting at the PAC 5 meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Blue Coffee Café, 202 N. Corcoran St.

The city and its contractors will inform affected property owners, residents and visitors to the downtown area with door hangers, postcards, signage and other notifications as the project progresses.

For more information visit the project webpage at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/dwm/Pages/Downtown-Loop-Water-Main-Replacement-and-Water-Meter-Upgrades-Project.aspx. Those interested can also contact Project Manager Bryant Green with the city’s Water Management Department at 919-560-4381 ext. 35268, or by email at bryant.green@DurhamNC.gov.