Work continues on new water pipes in Matthews

Work to replace drinking water pipes along various streets in Matthews will continue Monday with installation of an 8-inch pipe along South Trade Street.

Work has started at Freemont and Main streets. Beginning Monday, work is scheduled to start along South Trade at Matthews Street, in front of Kristophers restaurant (the Johnson Building); at Sadie Drive, in front of First Baptist Church; and south of McDowell Street, in front of Matthews Elementary School.

Most work will occur between dawn and dusk. Lane closures on state-maintained roads such as Trade Street will be restricted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crews from Charlotte Water, formerly Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities, started on the overall project in late April. Pipes also are being replaced on Main, West Matthews, North Ames, South Ames and McDowell streets.

The project is necessary to connect existing customers to new or other drinking pipes and abandon the two-inch galvanized pipes in those areas.

Water outages could occur during the work, town officials said. Residents and businesses will be notified 72 hours before a scheduled outage. Any unplanned outages will be addressed by the contractor immediately, officials said.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed in August, before the start of the 2015-16 school year.

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