A major, six-month Metropolitan Utilities District water-main replacement project in downtown Omaha remains on schedule to be completed this month, utility officials say.
The work began in early April, said Tracey Christensen, the utility's director of communications, and is set to wrap up by the end of September.
Crews have been replacing water mains in Harney Street from 18th to 17th, in 17th Street from Harney to Farnam, and in Farnam Street from 16th to 17th, she said.
Work is completed on Harney Street and on 17th Street, Christensen said, and crews are completing the main in Farnam Street, cleaning, pressure-testing and transferring water services.
The project cost $1.5 million, she said, with the money coming from water infrastructure rate charges on customer bills. In addition, Christensen said, $243,000 of the cost will be reimbursable from the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission.
The work is part of the utility's program to replace aging cast-iron pipes for safety and reliability reasons, she said.
Traffic has been restricted and on-street parking limited during the work, Christensen said. Signs and barricades have alerted motorists and pedestrians to the restrictions and closings.
The next large project on the utility's schedule is set to begin in February 2014 on 24th Street north of Lake Street, she said. The utility will be relocating a half-mile of 8-inch and 36-inch water mains to accommodate Omaha's sewer-separation project.