Central Avenue to re-open Wednesday after latest pipe replacement

By Glenn Hicks
July 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

Three days of traffic disruption on Central Avenue wraps up today.

City crews tied in a new 200 mm PVC mains pipe to the infrastructure under Central as they work their way along 13th Street East. The old cast iron pipe was originally put in the ground early in the previous century.

“It’s pretty old," Operations Manager Mohammad Kraishan told paNOW. "The date we have on file for that old cast iron main is 1907.”


Kraishan explained the project to put the new pipe under the section of 13th Street E. to First Avenue E. is part of ongoing water main replacements. Getting rid of the old infrastructure is a key priority, he said.

“The old pipes, especially the cast iron ones, keep breaking and the maintenance costs keep increasing over time as we have to repair them,” he said. “That also causes disruption for residents.”

Kraishan added by bringing these old pipes up to modern standards it improves the quality of the water flowing through them.

Central Avenue was expected to be patched up and fully accessible Wednesday afternoon and the rest of the pipe-laying along 13th Street East would be finished by next week, according to Kraishan. The road surface will then be re-paved.


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