Broadway update: Most steam lines removed
Here's an update about the Broadway reconstruction project as provided by City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven:
The contractor continues with the removal of the underground steam lines. Most of the north-south steam lines have now been removed and the work has shifted to the removal of the lateral steam lines.
The contractor has begun extending the water main from the north end of the project and at this time has installed approximately 100 feet of new 8-inch diameter main.
Work continues in the basements of downtown businesses getting ready for the plumbing of new water services. This is slow, difficult work. There were two water service disruptions of approximately one hour each on Monday, both due to breaks of old water services.
The old water services are typically galvanized steel lines which are generally strong but often brittle. The new waterlines are made of PVC, a stronger, longer lasting material.