They were able to get over 2,300 metres of pipe replaced and are calling it a successful construction season. Moose Jaw City Hall has closed the book on Phase 3 of Cast Iron Replacement for 2018 and were able to complete seven out of their eight scheduled projects.

City Engineer Josh Mickleborough says things went relatively smooth this year with the worst part being a few extra detours. When it comes to missing out on one of their planned projects, Mickleborough says that happens sometimes when you're dealing with unknown conditions that are underground.

"You run into contaminated soils or unknown conditions and things can take a bit longer so we've just moved one of the smaller blocks to next year," explained Mickleborough.

That missed work was on Athabasca Street West from 9th Avenue to 10th Avenue but Mickleborough said they are still extremely pleased with what they got done. He says the work helps to alleviate the high number of breaks that the city has been faced with over the last few years.

"We focus on the high break frequency areas and areas that are critical to supplying the city with water," said Mickleborough. "For instance, on South Hill, we had a lengthy detour set up but that is a critical distribution feeder main that comes off of one of our reservoirs, so we needed to get that repaired."

Planning for Phase 4 is already underway and as the city works out more of the logistics, the list will be released and contact with property owners will get underway.


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