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Major Water Main Replacement Scheduled to Begin March 27

Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will begin operations to replace a major water main located in the city’s historic Lansingburgh neighborhood. The project, funded in part through grant assistance from New York State, is scheduled to start Monday, March 27, and will replace a century-old water transmission line which ruptured in January of 2016.

“We are thrilled to officially break ground on this important infrastructure project to improve the reliability of our municipal water network,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “This effort demonstrates the City of Troy’s ongoing work to make needed improvements to our water delivery system and ensures we can continue to provide clean, quality drinking water for generations to come. I want to thank Governor Cuomo and our state representatives for their support and commitment to investing in municipal infrastructure projects which strengthen local communities like Troy literally from the ground up.”

In August of 2016, the City of Troy was awarded approximately $3.2M in grant funding and financing through the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation to fully fund the replacement of the water main. The project will replace the current 33-inch riveted steel line with approximately one mile of 36-inch ductile iron pipe. The line will be located on 121st Street between 3rd and 6th Avenue, and on 5th Avenue between 121st and Northern Drive.

“Replacement of the current transmission line not only expands the capacity of our city’s water network, it provides improved service for our nearly 135,000 customers across Troy and the Capital Region,” said Chris Wheland, Troy Superintendent of Public Utilities. “The scope of operations associated with the water main replacement will require significant excavation and we are asking for patience from both residents and businesses as we conduct this important work to strengthen our existing water infrastructure system.”

Initial staging operations have already begun, with excavation work scheduled to begin Monday, March 27. Installation of the line will be conducted in stages to limit disruption to neighborhoods in the vicinity of the line replacement. City crews will make all efforts to ensure local traffic will have access to houses and properties where possible. Multiple road closures are expected, and residents and drivers are asked to seek alternate routes, observe all posted parking restrictions and traffic detours. Troy residents located in the work area will receive additional notifications on the project by mail.

A link is available on the City of Troy website – – to provide weekly updates to the project schedule and status. Residents with general questions regarding the water main replacement are asked to contact the Department of Public Utilities at (518) 237-0241.

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