The City of Sealy began a project to replace the water line under Main Street on Thursday, beginning an estimated 10 months of disruption to traffic downtown.
The installation of a new 12-inch water line will start at the water tower on East Main Street and work west along Main and north on Lux until it ties in with an existing 12-inch line at FM 1094.
“This will supply more volume to the north side up by the elementary school,” said Public Works Director Mark Pulos.
The $3 million project is funded by certificates of obligation approved by the city council in 2018. The water line will replace an aging hodgepodge of pipe varying in length from 4-8 inches. Vaca Construction won the bid to do the work.
In addition to Main Street, the city will be adding a 12-inch line on Fowlkes Street from Fifth Street to the railroad crossing north of Second Street. There will also be a 12-inch water line from the tower at East Main Street to the water well and ground storage tank on Silliman Street.
Pulos said the work on Main Street will be along the south side of the road. He said there will be an effort to minimize traffic disruptions as much as possible. Where the line goes under Highway 36, the crews will bore under the road and not tear it up. When the waterline is in place, the city will resurface the streets.
“Overall for the city this is good,” Pulos said. “It will add more volume, not necessarily more pressure.”
He said the city has a goal to have most of the work downtown completed before the holiday season, adding that the weather will determine how quickly the work can progress.