TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Collar City is getting back to work and repairing the city’s aging water lines. Some of that work is expected to impact drivers for the next several weeks.
For the next few weeks, crews will be completely replacing a century old water main on Northern Drive.
The pipe’s bursts and breaks have created nothing but headaches for the last few years.
The city of Troy initially announced that a stretch of Northern Drive between 5th and 8th Avenues would be reduced to one lane, but Wednesday morning, the road was blocked altogether.
Workers at the scene said crews will be alternating work on both sides of the road. Drivers are better off avoiding the area entirely.
The work affects not only Troy but many of its surrounding communities. Troy supplies water to Rensselaer, Menands, portions of East and North Greenbush, Brunswick, Schagticoke, Poestenkill, as well as Waterford and Halfmoon.
Last January, millions of gallons spilled out of a broken water main leaving portions of Troy and a couple of the communities without water.
Troy was able to secure money from New York State to fully fund a replacement of the entire main line in hopes of preventing future similar disasters and to ensure clean, high-quality, and reliable drinking water.
The work is a massive undertaking. The line stretches for miles, and crews began work on it in March.
The work is expected to continue 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the next few weeks.