Mid­town pipe work nears com­ple­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

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.

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