Midtown pipe work nears completion
A major underground piping project in Midtown is nearing completion, according to City Engineer Ralph Swenson.
The work began in the summer on Broadway, continued on Grand Street and now is on Prince Street, the project’s final leg.
The Prince Street job is the installation of a subsurface stormwater pipe. The street is closed to drivers as the work wraps up, and it still needs to be repaved.
All elements of the project should be completed in early November, Swenson said.
The project has included the installation of new sewer and stormwater pipes beneath the surface of Broadway, between the railroad overpass and Grand Street; and the installation of new stormwater and sewer pipes beneath Grand Street, just off Broadway.
Prince Street connects to Grand Street just north of the Broadway-Grand Street intersection.
The Broadway project, which included the installation 200 feet of sewer pipe and 200 feet of stormwater pipe, was slowed by several factors, including heavy traffic on the Midtown thoroughfare. The Grand Street work was installing 500 feet of stormwater pipe and relining a 500-foot sewer pipe.
All of the work is being done by Argenio Bros. of Newburgh, which submitted the low bid of $1.52 million. The $1.9 million approved by the Kingston Common Council and Mayor Steve Noble includes money for contingency expenses.
Swenson said previously that the work, in part, will replace century-old sewer pipes made of unreinforced concrete that deteriorated over the years. He said the city has responded to four emergency failures of those pipes in the past six years.
A ‘ROAD CLOSED’ sign is posted on Prince Street, at the corner of Grand Street, in Midtown Kingston on Wednesday.