Heavy machinery is moving into the east side of Blaine this week, and construction will begin on Pipeline Road to make some much needed improvements to the public works infrastructure. Colacurcio Brothers Construction, under contract with the city of Blaine, started construction of water main and power improvements on Pipeline Road east of Harvey Road on April 3.
The work began at the intersection of Pipeline and Harvey Roads and will move east. Once Pipeline Road construction is complete, they will begin similar improvements on Harvey Road. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in May.
“The dirt’s going to be flying,” public works director Ravyn Whitewolf said. “The pipes came in on Tuesday. This work will help improve the longevity of the system and also place the power lines underground, which will give us better system reliability since it won’t be affected by weather.”
Another benefit of the changes will be that residents will be able to tap into a higher pressure water system, which will solve a long-standing problem for that part of the community.
During construction the road will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be controlled with a flagger. The turn-around at the end of the road has been widened for the contractor’s vehicles and will remain accessible until such time as the work needs to tie in to existing infrastructure at that location.
When traveling through a construction area, motorists are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times.