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$1.02M water main replacement project approved for E. 7th Street

A section of E. 7th Street will be closed this summer while construction crews work to replace a cast-iron water main that has been in place since the 1960s.

(City of Gillette)

GILLETTE, Wyo. – Construction will soon close off a large section of E. 7th Street with the city approving a $1.02 million water main replacement project set to begin later this spring. 

The project was approved by the Gillette City Council during their meeting on March 7. It will span several blocks along E. 7th Street from Kendrick Avenue to Osborne Avenue while the existing cast iron water main is replaced with PVC and the road is resurfaced with new asphalt. 

According to the City of Gillette, the cast iron water main has been in place since it was first installed in the 1960s. The street itself has also seen multiple resurfacing projects including a three-inch mill and overlay in 1999 and the application of new asphalt in 1980. 

No official start or completion dates have been announced as of March 11 with the city stating construction will start in late spring and will be completed in late summer or early fall. 

In response to an inquiry raised by Councilwoman Tricia Simonson during the meeting, City Administrator Hyun Kim assured the council that the city will be taking steps to notify residents in the affected area before construction begins. 

Clark Sanders, Senior Planner for the City of Gillette, said work at the Kendrick Avenue and E. 7th Street intersection will be completed before the start of the fall school semester.