UNION — After more than two months an upgrade of the City of Union’s main water distribution system is finally finished with the completion of the last phase Monday morning.
Businesses and residents along the stretch of Duncan Bypass between Rice Avenue and Hardees were without water for approximately six hours Sunday night. The water was turned off at 11 p.m. Sunday to allow City of Union Utility Department personnel to replace two 16-inch valves on the section of the water line that runs beneath the intersection of Harwood Heights and Duncan Bypass.
For the past two months, the city has been in the process of replacing the old 16-inch valves on the line with new ones. A total of 16 valves were to be replaced. The replacement of the valves at the intersection of Harwood Heights and Duncan Bypass was final phase of the replacement project.
City of Union Utility Director Joe Nichols said that the replacement process Sunday went well with the first of the new valves in place by 3 a.m. He said the second valve was installed and water service restored around 5 a.m. Monday as planned.
When the hole was dug in the intersection to allow city personnel access to the water line, metal plates were place over the opening to allow automobiles to continue traveling over it. The metal plates will remain in place until the holes can be filled in and new asphalt poured.
Nichols said that in addition to digging the hole in the road itself, the adjacent curb also had to be broken up. He said a new curb will have to be put in place before the road itself is repaired, but that he expects the repairs to be completed by the end of the week.