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Water main replacements recommended

Several water main replacement projects in conjunction with the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority were given positive recommendations Tuesday by City Council’s public works committee.

The work requires excavating of streets in conjunction with Ronca, a sub-contractor working with the authority over winter months and during what is normally a moratorium period.

The first resolution given a positive recommendation was for a water main replacement project on Walnut Street near the UPMC Williamsport campus.

A second resolution is for the Cliffside Drive main replacement project and some side streets in that area of the city.

“We appreciate the city working on this with us,” said Mike Miller, authority executive director.

On Walnut Street, there have been two main breaks recently, he said. The authority was alerted and responded to these, but wants to see a permanent solution.

High performance cold patch is to be used instead of standard variety to provide more wear through winter, said Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

Anytime trench or street cuts are done, city codes Dave Columbine, public works project inspector, is tasked to figure out the length of cut and materials needed.

That information is given to public works, then the city can start to repair a whole road or piggy back with the contractor and extend time to start paving the following spring.

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