Metropolitan Utilities District crews are to begin a long project next week to replace water mains in a section of downtown Omaha, leaving motorists and businesses in the area inconvenienced through the summer.
The MUD crews will be replacing the water main under Harney Street from 17th to 18th Streets, the main under 17th Street from Harney to Farnam Streets, and the main under Farnam Street from 16th to 17th Streets, said Tracey Christensen, the utility's director of communications.
The work is part of MUD's program to replace aging cast-iron pipes for safety and reliability reasons, she said. The project is scheduled to begin Thursday.
Christensen said construction of the new water mains will be done by trench excavating, and the excavations will be marked by barricades. MUD is urging the public to use caution.
Traffic will be restricted and on-street parking limited during the work, Christensen said. Signs and barricades will alert motorists and pedestrians to the restrictions and closings.
The utility has been delivering letters to downtown businesses describing the work ahead.
Christensen said MUD will post updates and alerts on its Facebook page. Construction information also will be available at mudomaha.com under “Projects in your Area.”
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