UNION — A section of the Duncan By-Pass stretching from Harwood Heights to the site of the old Rotary recycling center will be without water late Wednesday night as crews replace two valves on the City of Union’s main water distribution system.
Personnel from Boulware Plumbing & Construction have been working at the intersection of Duncan Bypass and Rice Avenue breaking up the asphalt on the road. Once the asphalt has been cleared away and a hole opened up to the water line running beneath the intersection, a metal plate is placed over the hole. The crew then moves on to another section of the road to continue opening up access to the water line running underneath the road.
City of Union Utility Director Joe Nichols said the work is part of the process of replacing two valves on the line underneath the road which he said was part of the city’s main water distribution system. Nichols said the replacement of the two 16-inch valves is part of an ongoing to project to replace the existing valves on the system with new ones. He said the replacement project has been underway for the past two months and will involve the replacement of a total of 16 16-inch valves.
Nichols said that once the prep work is completed the next phase involving the actual replacement of the valves will get under way. He said that will take place late tonight when the water will be shut off to that section of the system around 11 p.m.
The shutoff of the water will affect the area running along the Duncan Bypass from the Union Rotary Club’s old recycling center to Harwood Heights. Nichols said the customers served by the system in that area are mainly retail and service sector businesses and that cutting off the water at that time of night is designed to minimize the possibility of any inconvenience to them.
A similar shutoff of the system took place last Thursday along an area of the Duncan Bypass running from the Masonic Lodge to Locust Street. Nichols said in that case the water was shut off around 11 p.m. and restored by 6:30 a.m. the next day. He said he believes the valve replacement at the intersection of Rice Avenue and the Duncan Bypass should be completed and service restored by 6 a.m. Thursday morning.