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Water line work begins

Installation started last week on a water line that will extend along Pepper’s Ferry Road from Beth Scott Drive to Mashburn Avenue.
Pulaski Engineer Bill Pedigo said the water line stems from a study that was conducted in the early 1990s.
Town Manager John Hawley said about 280 feet of line had been installed as of Tuesday afternoon, but work crews encountered rock that will slow down the project.
According to Hawley, the project was delayed by attempts to obtain an easement across property that formerly was the Allison Farm. Pedigo said the property “changed hands” several times.
Normally the water line would have been run adjacent to Pepper’s Ferry Road. However, Hawley said the road was placed on a 1995 Virginia Department of Transportation road-widening list, so the town decided to obtain an easement to install the line farther back off the road.
“If (the road widening project) ever goes through, we won’t have to move the line,” he said.
Both Hawley and Pedigo said the most difficult part of the project is going to be crossing the four lanes of Memorial Drive.
The projected completion date is uncertain since additional rock may be encountered along the way. Plus, Pedigo said town crews are working on the project as weather and other projects allow.
He noted that the town still is in the process of switching to new water meters. He estimated about 60 percent of the new meters have been installed.

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Water line work begins

Installation started last week on a water line that will extend along Pepper’s Ferry Road from Beth Scott Drive to Mashburn Avenue.
Pulaski Engineer Bill Pedigo said the water line stems from a study that was conducted in the early 1990s.
Town Manager John Hawley said about 280 feet of line had been installed as of Tuesday afternoon, but work crews encountered rock that will slow down the project.
According to Hawley, the project was delayed by attempts to obtain an easement across property that formerly was the Allison Farm. Pedigo said the property “changed hands” several times.
Normally the water line would have been run adjacent to Pepper’s Ferry Road. However, Hawley said the road was placed on a 1995 Virginia Department of Transportation road-widening list, so the town decided to obtain an easement to install the line farther back off the road.
“If (the road widening project) ever goes through, we won’t have to move the line,” he said.
Both Hawley and Pedigo said the most difficult part of the project is going to be crossing the four lanes of Memorial Drive.
The projected completion date is uncertain since additional rock may be encountered along the way. Plus, Pedigo said town crews are working on the project as weather and other projects allow.
He noted that the town still is in the process of switching to new water meters. He estimated about 60 percent of the new meters have been installed.

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