FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2019
Contact: Chris Brown
2019 Spring Water Main Improvements Head to March 19 City Council Meeting
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— City staff is seeking approval from Fayetteville City Council at the March 19 meeting for three water main improvement projects. The projects total almost $1.5 million and include work on Thomas Avenue, S. Sang Avenue, and Pleasant Woods Drive. All are funded through the Water System Rehabilitation/Replacement Project Budget of the Water and Sewer Fund.
The Thomas Avenue project includes installation of approximately 1,980 linear feet of a 12-inch water main west of Razorback Road/Highway 112 underneath Thomas Avenue from Hotz Drive to Maple Street. This is the final phase of a project to remove water mains from the Razorback Road/Highway 112 area near Razorback Stadium. The University of Arkansas will also be working on this project, building curb and gutter stormwater improvements and a sidewalk. The City of Fayetteville's Transportation Services Division will overlay the roadway. The project is expected to take six months to complete.
The improvement project on S. Sang Avenue upgrades an existing, older 6-inch water main to the City's minimum required size of an 8-inch line. Approximately 600 linear feet will be replaced along S. Sang Avenue from Old Farmington Road to Mitchell Drive. The section of older main is subject to frequent leaks and breaks that disrupt the water service as well as the roadway in front of Ramay Junior High. The project is expected to take two months to complete.
The Pleasant Woods Drive project includes installation of approximately 530 linear feet of an 8-inch water main to connect two dead end lines and create a loop along Pleasant Woods Drive. The City and contractors will be working with residents to replace PVC service lines with copper ones. This project will improve water service to the apartments and create a better grid for fire protection.
The City of Fayetteville Engineering Division has prepared designs and awarded the projects to the lowest bidder, Kajacs Contractors, Inc. Pending approval from City Council, the Thomas Avenue project will begin first (late April/early May) to fit the University's schedule. Property owners and residents should be aware that weather may delay project timelines. Additionally, many utility companies (cable, telephone, gas, electric) also work on these infrastructure projects. Every effort is made to coordinate projects for least disruption to customers.
Information and maps of the projects can be found on this webpage.