The City-County Utility Commission is systematically upgrading water and sewer lines in selected Winston-Salem neighborhoods based on the age of the pipes and the amount of maintenance they are requiring.
During these projects a completely new water distribution system is installed, including pipes, fire hydrants, valves and water meters. The existing system remains in service until the new system is completed and ready to be placed in service. Residents are only without water service for the few hours that it takes to put the new system in service.
The sewer system is rehabilitated using several trenchless or semi-trenchless methods, including pipe-bursting, and cured-in-place pipe lining. Both of these methods repair or replace the existing pipe in place, with little or no digging required. In other cases, new sewer pipes may need to be laid. Residents’ sewer service should only be disrupted for a few hours while crews are working on the lines serving their house. During this time, they will be asked to limit water usage and avoid their washing machines or dishwashers during the day.
Although these projects cover large areas, the contractor works on no more than several blocks at a time. Disruption lasts approximately two to three weeks. The road may be closed to through traffic and on-street parking may be disrupted during construction. Residents still have access to their homes. Door hangers are set out to notify owners the week before they will be affected. Contracts specify that all efforts to preserve trees should be employed. Any water or sewer connections under tree roots are relocated.
The Utility Commission bears all costs of these projects. Work is generally be confined to the public right-of-way. Should access to private property be required, written permission is requested from the owner. Any grassed areas disturbed during construction will be re-seeded, and any landscaping, mail boxes, curb and gutter, sidewalks, etc. disturbed will be returned to their original condition.
Mill Creek Outfall South Project
The Mill Creek Outfall South Project is an outfall replacement project, 16,800 linear feet of 48-inch pipe, beginning just north of Robinhood Road and ending at Reynolda Road. (See map below).
Construction in the Mill Creek Outfall South area began in January 2018 and expected completion date is June 2019. The contractor is Park Construction Company located in Morrisville, NC. The engineer for Utilities who is overseeing the project is William (Bill) Ward. He can be reached at 727-7306 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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