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Broken Water Main Under Repair

Water Flows Along South Main Street

Water Flows Along South Main Street

A water main was broken during construction on the Lamar Main Street project Tuesday morning, April 25th, at the corner of Main and West Olive Streets.  The rush of water, approximately 8,500 gallons a minute, was more than the drain system could handle at first and water backed up along the west side of the road between Beech and Olive, with additional water streaming along the north side businesses of West Olive Street.

Traffic Control at Main and Olive

Traffic Control at Main and Olive

The contractor, American Civil Constructors crews and Lamar’s Public Works Department, used power equipment and backhoes to crack open and dig into a portion of the street and clear the pile-up of sand that was flowing out of the ground along with the water in order to get to the broken water main. The flow was eventually shut off to allow for repairs.  At one time, three main pipes were open at their connections while workers cleared more dirt and sand away from the pit so repairs could be made.

Lamar’s Public Works Director, Pat Mason, said Wednesday, that although water service was restored at around 8:30am to downtown customers, it was only a temporary situation as the water would have to be turned off again for more permanent repairs. “We had two pipes to connect, but one had a one-half inch larger diameter than the other.  We had to have a special clamp machined this morning to be able to join both mains, but we’ll have to let the residents and businesses know we’ll have to discontinue the water service later today,” he explained.

There was also a power connection lost to the street lights at Main and Olive. The Lamar Police Department used an officer for traffic control while only one lane of traffic on Main Street was accessible to vehicles.  The electric line repairs were taken care of by Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy Lifting

Heavy Lifting

There was more heavy machinery in use along Main Street on Tuesday as a heavy duty crane was situated at the Prowers County Courthouse, bringing parts of the new HVAC system into place on the courthouse rooftop.  This is an integral portion of the $1.8M in renovations needed for upgrades at the facility built in 1920.

By Russ Baldwin

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