The project is expected to take nine months to complete. It began Monday, Jan. 20, on Sixth Street between Main and Sycamore. Two lanes on Sixth will be closed daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for several weeks.
Please see details about the project below and via Duke's project page: https://www.duke-energy.com/Home/Natural-Gas-Projects/4th-Street-Replacement
Duke will replace the existing pipe on Fourth Street between Broadway Street on the far east end and Central Avenue on the far west end as part of an ongoing plan to modernize its infrastructure.
In addition, the project includes the replacement of the main along one block on Sixth Street between Main and Sycamore and in several spots that run north and south through Fourth Street, specifically on:
> Sycamore Street from Sixth to Third
> Elm from Fourth to Fifth
> Central from Fourth to Fifth
In total, the project will cover 11 blocks and include the installation of 6,280 feet of new plastic pipe ranging between 6 inches and 12 inches in diameter. The existing steel pipe was installed in the late 1960s.
Duke’s contractor is KS Energy. KS began work on Sixth Street. Crews are expected to start work on Fourth Street by early spring 2020. KS plans to work contiguously block by block moving west on Fourth in the same direction as traffic flows.
Duke, KS and the City’s Department of Transportation & Engineering are closely coordinating on the project to avoid potential conflict or overlap with other, unrelated construction projects or events along this busy corridor.
Traffic and Pedestrian Impact
Motorists should expect single- or double-lane closures and reduced on-street parking per given block while work is under way. Sidewalks on the south side of Fourth also may be restricted while work is under way, though it will vary, depending on the scope of work in each block.
The scope of work in each block includes:
>Digging a trench
>Installing a new segment of pipe
>Service hookups to individual customer meters
>Restoration of the asphalt pavement or concrete on affected streets and sidewalks
The amount of time crews work in each block will vary but is expected to take an average of four weeks in each location.
Crews will typically work Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. but will be allowed to work in the evenings and on weekends if there are no conflicts with other construction projects or events. Trenches are required to be covered with steel plates once crews finish working each day.