Water main replacement on Thomas Avenue to last through mid-July

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A 10-week project to replace a water main is underway near Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

The work includes installation of nearly 2000 feet of a 12-inch water line underneath Thomas Avenue from Maple Street to Hotz Drive.

City contractors will work with the University of Arkansas on the project, along with cable, telephone, gas and electric company crews.

Aside from the water main replacement, the project also includes building new curb and gutter, stormwater infrastructure and new sidewalks. Finally, a new overlay will be added to the roadway.

Drivers and residents are advised to be watchful for workers and equipment in the area and to expect detours and periodic road closures. Traffic delays can be expected in this area and alternate routes are encouraged.

Concrete cutting is scheduled to begin this week, and pipe installation begins on May 20. The work is expected to last through mid-July, but could be delayed due to inclement weather.

Once the 12-inch main is replaced under Thomas Avenue, crews will move on to replace 8-inch pipes along South Sang Avenue from Old Farmington Road to Mitchell Drive; and then along Pleasant Woods Drive. The full project is expected to take about six months to complete.

Thomas Avenue

The project includes installation of approximately 1,980 linear feet of a 12-inch water main west of Razorback Road/Highway 112 underneath Thomas Avenue from Hotz Drive to Maple Street. This is the final phase of a project to remove water mains from the Razorback Road/Highway 112 area near Razorback Stadium.

Sang Avenue

This improvement project upgrades an existing, older 6-inch water main to the city’s minimum required size of an 8-inch line. Approximately 600 linear feet will be replaced along South Sang Avenue from Old Farmington Road to Mitchell Drive. The section of older main is subject to frequent leaks and breaks that disrupt the water service as well as the roadway in front of Ramay Junior High.

Pleasant Woods Drive

This project includes installation of approximately 530 linear feet of an 8-inch water main to connect two dead end lines and create a loop along Pleasant Woods Drive. The city and contractors will be working with residents to replace PVC service lines with copper ones. This project aims to improve water service to the apartments and create a better grid for fire protection.