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Jul 06

Gatewood Road Sees Improved Water System Reliability

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 8:24 AM by Communications Department

Pipeline replacement part of system renewal initiative

A Newport News Waterworks system renewal initiative is providing residents in the Gatewood Road area with a more reliable water system. Waterworks crews recently replaced two sections of pipeline and abandoned another section that was no longer needed. Gatewood Road Work_scThe cast iron and galvanized pipelines were installed between the 1930s and the 1950s and had a history of failures. Although, the pipelines did not fall into the highest failure rate category, combining the pipe replacement with a scheduled street repaving project had both operational and financial benefits.

Crews replaced pipes between Harpersville Road and Copeland Lane as well as a portion of the pipe between Matthew Road and Warwick Boulevard. When planning such system renewal projects, Waterworks also looks to see if any pipelines in the surrounding area can be eliminated due to additions to the system as a result of development. In this case, larger pipelines added over the years eliminated the need for a 1200 foot section of 8-inch cast iron pipe that crosses Mariners’ Museum property from the railroad tracks to Gatewood Road. Abandoning this pipe has no detrimental effect on the neighborhood and removes the cost and liability of maintaining an unneeded pipeline.

In order to avoid interruption of service to Gatewood Elementary School’s Program for Educating Exceptional Preschoolers (PEEP) and to lessen traffic congestion associated with Warwick High School, Waterworks crews worked two weekends to complete the project.