Construction along Grand Avenue and Huss Street will enhance safety and reliability

Press Release via Aqua
TIFFIN, OH–Aqua will begin a three month water main replacement project to help assure reliability and adequate water flows in the City of Tiffin.

“This project will replace 90-year old mains that are close to the end of their useful lives,” said Aqua Ohio’s Area Manager Scott Ballenger. “We’ll also be increasing the water main diameter to enhance flow capacity which is important, for high demand needs such as firefighting.”

Work will begin this week at the intersection of Grand Ave at Washington Street and proceed north to 6th Ave. Crews work will then follow 5th Avenue to Sandusky and then proceed along Huss Street to North Water Street. Work is expected to be complete by May when final lawn restorations will be conducted.

Work will be focused on two-block sections to minimize traffic impacts. While local traffic will be maintained, through-traffic will be diverted in active construction zones. 

Key details of the project are:

  • Grand Avenue from Washington Street to 6th Street will replace six-inch main and ten-inch main with 2,550 feet of eight-inch and12-inch main ductile iron pipe;
  • Fifth Avenue from Grand Avenue to North Sandusky Street will replace a ten-inch main with a 12-inch main;
  • Huss Street from Sandusky Street to North Water Street will replace the existing 12-inch Cast Iron main with 2,355 Feet of 12” ductile iron pipe.

All segments of the project will replace cast iron pipe with improved ductile iron which is stronger and more flexible than the older main. In all, 11 new fire hydrants will be installed in the area and 25 new valves will be integrated into the system that are used to isolate sections for future repair or maintenance needs. 

Water service will be maintained throughout construction. However, customers receiving new service lines will experience short-term interruptions while their services are connected to the new main near the end of the project. Those customers will be notified by Aqua in advance of the planned interruptions.

Underground Utilities of Monroeville, Ohio was selected to perform the work and the budget for this project is $1,324,000. Ballenger said the company expects to spend more than $ 31 million across Aqua’s 35 Ohio systems in 2023, approximately $3.1 million of that will be invested locally in Tiffin.

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