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2021 citywide renewal program in full swing

May 18, 2021
(Photo by Mike Sweeney)

Pueblo Water plans to replace more than two miles of water mains in the city under the contract as part of its citywide renewal program. This project is the first of two phases of main replacements that will take place this year, with the second phase slated to be released later in 2021.

Pate Construction was awarded a $1.85 million contract and overall cost for this  project is approximately $2.25 million. Including Phase 1 of 2021, Pueblo Water has invested more than $18.5 million in main replacements since 2010.

The first area includes water mains in the Historic Union Avenue district. Pueblo Water will replace mains in B Street from Lamkin Avenue 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 and Victoria from B Street to D Street. Traffic will be rerouted and most work in B Street will be done between 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. The contractor also will limit their work on the crossing of Union Avenue at B Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Pueblo Water Director of Operations Matt Trujillo said the night work will help minimize traffic disruptions during the project.

“With every project, we evaluate the site conditions during the project planning and design. First and foremost, we want to minimize the length of any interruption of water service and fire protection,” Trujillo said. “Also, we look at how we can allow safe site access for our customers trying to get in and out of their properties, realizing there is heavy equipment and open ditch-lines taking up a lot of space. 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. Of course, we need to balance this with the overall budget to make sure we get the most out of the dollars spent.”

The second area slated for main replacement includes:

  • E. 11th Street-Glendale to Hudson
  • E. 10th Street-Glendale to Hudson
  • E. 10th Street-Erie to Fountain
  • Fountain Avenue-E. 10th St. to E. 11th St.
  • Glendale Avenue-E. 7th St. to E. 8th St.

The third area in 2021 includes:

  • Utica Street-E. 4th St. to E. 12th St.
  • E. 5th Street-Salem to Utica
  • E. 6th Street-Troy to East of Utica
  • E. 8th Street-Utica to the East
  • E. 9th Street-Troy to East of Utica
  • E. 10th Street-Salem to Troy
  • E. 11th Street-Troy to Vinita

For more information, contact Pueblo Water Engineering Manager Steve Anselmo at 719-584-0439.

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