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G Street construction begins, closures, detours and delays expected throughout city until July 2023.

Construction on an almost decade long project to replacing aging waterline and increase capacity has begun this month on G street. The project, a $2.3 million repair and upgrade of essential waterlines, is not expected to be completed until July 2023.

The project effects G Street, as well as portions of Madison and Lincoln Streets. The city expects closure delays as they increase the size of the mainline, install new pipes, hydrants and meters and pave G street along with portions of Madison.

In 2014, the city of Madras determined through a study that much of the waterline system was undersized to serve the needs of the community. Many of the pipes date back to the 1950's or earlier, and are small two foot to six foot pipes prone to leakage due to their age. In 2014, cost estimates for the project were $8.6 million.

Five years later in 2019, the city began researching funding sources for the needed upgrades as the city continued to grow. It was determined that all available funding meant fees to customers also increased.

In 2020, engineers worked to scale back the repairs to just the essential needs, and the project received a grant for $2,343,825, with $23,635 matching from the city. This repair upsized smaller lines and replaced aging waterlines on the G Street portions of Madison and Lincoln Streets. This smaller scope means fee increases were not necessary for customers.

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