People who drive Manchester Rd. will have to deal with water crews digging up more than 3,000 feet of the road to put in a new water main this April. They hope the new main will alleviate breaks that have plagued Manchester between Mason and Weidman all winter.
For the workers at local business Dents Express, it would seem the project can’t come soon enough.
Customers have had a tough time getting to their shop whenever there’s a break.
“Just Manchester alone is a huge headache,” said employee Margie Richard. “Put this on top of it, makes it 10 times worse.”
Missouri American Water says the 12-inch main was installed in 1940, meaning it’s about 23 years past its 50-year lifespan.
It was a tough January for the water main, which broke four times at about a once-a-week rate.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before, it was very unusual,” said Ann Dettmer with Missouri American Water.
The land must still be surveyed and a plan designed for the project, which is expected to begin in early April.
How long it lasts will depend on whether the old line that runs under Manchester can be abandoned and a new line installed alongside the busy roadway.
But as crowded as Manchester is on the surface, it’s just as crowded below.
“You can’t see but you usually have electric, gas, stormwater, fiber optics,” said Dettmer.
Officials say the project should last a few months.