After about five months, the Baseline Road Water Pipe Installation project between 19th Street and Tower Road will be substantially complete on August 12. This pipeline is critical to the long-term serviceability of the water system and adds redundancy in the event of pipe failure.
According to the City’s Utilities Department, the project was difficult due to the size of the waterline (24-inch diameter) and the narrow street section for crews to work in. During utility projects, it’s the department’s goal to maintain traffic flow and access at all times as long as it can be achieved safely. The tighter the work space the harder this is to achieve.
Adding another challenge, this project started around the time when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Colorado, which caused its own set of challenges, like ensuring City and construction employees were safe and healthy at all times. Staff worked with the contractor to implement safety procedures that allowed the project to stay on-schedule throughout the pandemic.
“Working in the right-of-way is never something to be taken lightly,” said Brett Sherman, Utilities Director. “The City of Brighton appreciates the patience people showed during construction and roadway interruptions. While this was a difficult project, the benefit that will be seen by the addition of this line will serve the residents well into the future.”