City looks to next phase of waterline project

Photos by Traci Westcott/The Herald
Waterline installation continues along Newton Street in Jasper on Monday. The water supply and pressure improvement project is expected to wrap up before Strassenfest this summer. 


JASPER — As work wraps up on another segment of the U.S. 231 water supply and pressure improvement project in Jasper, city officials are still pleased with the quick rate crews are moving along.

City officials are also looking ahead to the next stretch of affected road.

Gas and Water Manager Tim Doersam explained at Tuesday night’s Utility Service Board meeting that water samples will be taken from the newly-laid portion of the waterline near 15th Street later this week. After the samples pass inspection, service lines in the area will be connected to the pipe in the coming weeks, and work will then jump north to a portion of 30th Street.

Doersam said “it’s up in the air” where crews will move after the section of 30th Street is completed. They could either head from the intersection of Newton Street and 30th Street to the south, or begin at the intersection of Matthew Avenue and Newton Street near the city’s water tower and progress northward.

Either way, that will be the final phase of the project.

“I don’t have many complaints,” Bud Hauersperger, Jasper’s general utilities manager, said when asked about the work.

Added Doersam: “It’s been very good. They really hit it hard and they’ve done a good job. Kept the public aware of what was going on.”

The project as a whole is slated to wrap up this summer before Strassenfest, which takes place during the first weekend of August. Approximately 13,000 linear feet of waterlines that are, on average, 80 years old, will ultimately be replaced.

Construction workers install waterlines on Newton street on Monday.

“They should be able to get that easy just at the rate they’re going,” Hauersperger said of the timeline.

Later this year, the Indiana Department of Transportation will mill and resurface U.S. 231.

Ragle crews wrapped up the opening leg of the U.S. 231 water supply and pressure improvement project — on Sixth Street from Bartley Street to Clay Street — in November.

An interactive map of the project can be found on the City of Jasper’s website. It includes detailed section breakdowns that highlight lane closures that will take place during the remainder of the project and the cross streets that will be affected by the work.

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