BIGFORK – Orange cones, flagging and detour signs mark the return of spring here. Two separate water and sewer projects are underway.
Grand Avenue is closed to through traffic while the existing water main gets replaced and updated. Last summer, around the busy Fourth of July weekend, leakage from the water main alerted the community to the need for replacement.
“We decided if it popped two leaks in that short of time, it needed to be done,” says Julie Spencer, district manager of Bigfork Water and Sewer. Spencer doesn’t have an exact date for when the water main went in, but estimates around 1963, when the water storage tank was built. The work is scheduled to wrap up Memorial Weekend, if not earlier.
The other project, up Bridge Street from Western States Insurance to the back of the Lutheran church, and the work on Highway 209 is for the Saddlehorn development. Bridge Street should be finished by April 24. Officials are still waiting for highway permits for both 209 and Highway 35 – they need to dig across the highways to connect the pipes – and won’t have finish dates until they get started.
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