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Madison Repairs: A Sign, and History, of the Times in Wisconsin


During recent street reconstruction in Madison, Wisconsin, professionals with a local water utility company found a century-old water main. In the early 1900s, crews had installed the very first section of water main beneath Monroe Street in Madison, connecting a short, two-block stretch of homes between Harrison Street and Edgewood Avenue to municipal water for the first time. By 1925, new water infrastructure would extend almost all the way to Nakoma, and it would remain in service until this year.

The aging water main was in decent shape for being decades old. Despite few breaks, the aging main needs replaced. The city of Madison is digging up the road and causing major issues.

To replace the two-mile stretch of main is going to cost $3.6 million, far higher than the usual estimate for a water main replacement. A 12-inch main is replacing an 8 and 10-inch main. All this work is being done with traffic, residents, and businesses being affected by the replacement.

The water main is just one piece of the puzzle being repaired and overhauled beneath Monroe Street. Storm and sanitary sewers are being replaced, as well.

While digging up the street is the route the city has chosen to go down, most municipalities and vendors are choosing the cured-in-place-pipe, or CIPP, route a host of reasons. CIPP is a method for restoring older pipelines with minimal digging in streets and on adjacent property. A piece of the durable lining is installed inside the old pipe. It is a safe and environmentally sound solution to replace and repair aging pipes. Because the project will not require any digging or excavation, it will be considerably less expensive than traditional pipe replacement which often sees costs totaling millions of dollars.

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