City replaces 105 year old downtown water line - - Jackson, MS

City replaces 105 year old downtown water line

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One of the Capital City's oldest water lines, which feeds into downtown Jackson, is finally being taken out of commission.

The system is being upgraded.

The water line running beneath Jefferson Street was installed not long after the city bought the water treatment plant in 1899.

Downtown commuters are running into construction work on Jefferson Street where the city is beginning a project that will install a water transmission line from the J. H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant to south Jackson.

It is the second phase of a three phase project.

"It will enhance our ability to supply water mainly to the downtown areas, central business district, state owned facilities and others around and give us another reliable source of supply into south Jackson," said Jackson Public Works Deputy Director David Willis.

Traffic is now down to one lane on Jefferson Street from Pearl Street to Tombigbee Street.

At Tombigbee Street Monday, crews were locating a gas line beneath the pavement.

The project will replace a 105 year old 24 inch water line with one that twice its size.

"It was installed in 1906. It was one of the original lines coming out of the water treatment plant," Willis said.

City officials said the replacement will allow production capacity to continue even if numerous water line breaks occur like those in 2009 and 2010.

"We'll be able to pump enough water into the system so hopefully the entire system won't lose pressure, and we can maintain pressure while we're getting the leaks fixed," added the public works administrator.

The 48 inch water line installation project is budgeted at $3.5 million dollars and should be completed in approximately eight and a half months.

Public Works officials ask that motorists slow down while construction crews complete the project.

"They're out there to make everybody's life better. Just be careful and observe the signs," Willis said.

According to the Public Works Department, the last phase should begin later this summer.

It will extend the new water line from High Street to the Fewell Water Treatment Plant.

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