Pueblo Water Board to replace 2 miles of water mains downtown

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The city will begin replacing two miles of water mains, including some in the Historic Union Avenue district, later this month. This is the first of two main replacement projects set for this year.

Pueblo Water’s Board of Water directors awarded a $1.85 million contract Tuesday to Pate Construction, a company based in town. The overall project cost estimate is $2.25 million.  

The project is part of larger capital improvements within Pueblo Water’s system as it identifies aging infrastructure, according to Joe Cervi, a public relations specialist with the board.

Newer water mains will mean better distribution.  

Since 2010, Pueblo Water has spent more than $18.5 million replacing water mains.  

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This first phase will focus on mains in three areas. In the Union Avenue district, workers will replace mains in B Street from Lamkin Street to the alley between Main Street and Union Avenue; in the alley between Main and Mechanic Alley from B Street to C Street; and in the alley between Lamkin Avenue and Victoria Avenue from B Street to D Street.  

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The first area slated for water main replacement in the historic Union Avenue district.

The replacement also includes mains near Fountain Creek on 11th Street and 10th Street between Glendale Avenue and Hudson Avenue; on 10th street between Eerie Avenue and North Fountain Avenue; on North Fountain Avenue between 11th street and 10th street; and on Glendale Avenue between 8th Street and 7th Street.  

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The second area for main replacement near Fountain Creek.

Pueblo Water will also replace mains on Utica Avenue between 12th Street and Fourth Street as well as several other blocks in that area.  

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The third area set for main replacement along Utica Avenue.

Most of the construction in the Historic Union Avenue district will occur overnight to limit major traffic disruptions. The water board also considers factors that could prevent people from accessing their properties as heavy equipment and open ditch-lines dot the street.  

“In the case of the work contemplated on B Street, we evaluated the narrow corridor along with the heavily traveled roadway and decided the best approach was to accomplish most of the work during the overnight hours,” Pueblo Water Director of Operations Matt Trujillo said in a statement.  

“Of course, we need to balance this with the overall budget to make sure we get the most out of the dollars spent.” 

Work on the first phase is slated to begin at the end of March or the first week of April. Workers will tie into nearby water mains during construction, so customers shouldn’t worry about breaks in water service. 

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