Water main at Orange and Broadway intersection to be replaced

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 18:05:19-04

MISSOULA – Missoula Water, along with Western Excavating, will begin work on a project next week to replace a water main on the intersection of West Broadway and Orange Street.

Most of the work will be done at night to try and limit day time traffic delays.

There will be traffic lane shifts and detours during construction at night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Leaks were found in the original water main that was installed in 1928 and is a made of a metal called kalamein, which is prone to leaks as it ages. The new water main will consist of a ductile iron.

This project is a part of a larger overhaul of over 11,000 feet of water mains throughout Missoula.

“We ended up replacing 11,417 feet of main and extending some of that including extending some mains like Russell Street to help fire protection and help that part of the community and all this was done with the revenue that we collected from the customers from 2013 rates," said Missoula City Water superintendent Dennis Bowman. "So we are re-investing in these projects $4.2 million back into this system."

This project is being funded by revenue made by the City of Missoula Water, and not from taxpayer dollars.

The project is expected to last a week and will be completed by August 9.