(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water will begin a series of water main replacements in the Waldo area of south Kansas City to replace century old pipes. With 5.8 miles of new piping to replace, it is one of the largest water main replacement projects currently underway at KC Water.
Only specific mains (per the below map) will be replaced in the project area boundary generally described as; State Line Road to Flora Avenue (five blocks east of Troost) and from West 65th Street to East 81st Street. Work is expected to begin the week of August 19, 2019. Weather permitting, work will conclude in approximately 12 months.
The project will begin with construction at the intersection of 75th Street and Wornall. Some lanes in the project boundary will be temporarily closed. The intent is to keep at least one lane of traffic in each direction open most times.
A public meeting will be held to inform residents of the project plan and the schedule.
WHEN: August 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Keystone United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 406 W. 74th St., Kansas City, MO 64114
“The city is conducting a series of improvements in this area. We’ve been planning this for a while and it’s time to start the work. This work is a part of KC Water’s strategic water main replacement program. Some of these pipes are over 100 years-old.” said Terry Leeds, KC Water Director.
Water mains will be replaced with larger diameter and more durable pipes which will result in fewer water main breaks and fewer service disruptions. Indoor water meters in homes and businesses will be replaced and relocated outside to increase reliability. At least 550 residents and businesses are in the project area.
“We want to make sure residents and businesses in the area have as much information as possible about the plans and schedule so they can make adjustments. As KC Water makes repairs, our Public Works Department will follow with improvements to streets and sidewalks in the area. This investment of your tax dollars and water fees will provide major improvements to the Waldo area and surrounding neighborhoods,” said Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director.
Details of KC Water’s Waldo Area Project plan can be found here on the KC Water website under current projects. KC Water has also implemented a Facebook Page, Waldo Area Improvements, for weekly updates which can be found here. Questions and comments can also be posted here.
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KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential anf business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.