Work ending on 18-inch water line at Cove, Weir

WEIRTON — A long-sought water line improvement project in the city is coming to an end.

The 18-inch slipline transmission line project, designed to prevent any future city-wide water outages, is expected to be completed in the coming days, with crews from James White Construction finalizing its work at the intersection of Cove Road and Weir Avenue.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Weirton Area Water Board, Jesse Alden of the Thrasher Group explained final line connections had been scheduled for that day, with the area filled and paved Friday or soon after.

“It’s going to be dependent on the weather,” Alden said.

Alden noted Alex Paris Construction still has some work to perform at the city’s water treatment plant, but that will be the final step of the project, which had an estimated cost of $6.9 million.

“By next month, we should be wrapped up with this project,” Alden said.

The project, which was designed not to need an increase to the city’s water rates, is aimed at preventing system-wide outages, such as in 2011 when a line break occurred near the water treatment plant.

As part of the sliplining process, a new carrier pipe is pulled through the existing pipe.

City Manager Travis Blosser expressed his appreciation to the work of the water department personnel, and all those involved in the project, noting it is these efforts which will help to improve service for the city’s water customers.

“To advance the system, there are precautionary steps we have to do,” Blosser said.

Among those precautions was a boil notice which affected much of the city Thursday and early Friday, as the final line connections were being made.

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