Trotwood will replace aging water lines

Aging water lines will be replaced in Trotwood.

The lines on Olive Road will see upgrades in two phases. Phase One is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year with a start date undetermined.

Phase One will be from Main Street to Bradfield Drive. It will replace the lines, valves and fire hydrants, according to Stephanie Kellum, deputy city manager and human resources manager.

It will involve more than 800 households within the city of Trotwood.

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The total cost of Phase One is more than $594,000. The city received grants from the Ohio Public Works Commission for $439,448 and a Community Development Block Grant for $75,000. Trotwood’s local match is $80,000.

The city saw the need to update the water lines because of aging infrastructure and water main breaks such as the massive one the city of Dayton saw in February.

Trotwood has had more than 10 breaks per mile, and that creates concerns of the disruption of service to customers during severe breaks and safety concerns to the staff when they perform repairs in the same area multiple times, city leaders said.

“The city takes the service to citizens and the safety of our staff under great consideration,” Kellum said.

Traffic in this area will be maintained during Phase One, and flaggers will be on site to minimize disruption to travel patterns.

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The city encourages motorists to use alternate routes to provide more safety to the workers in the project area.

Phase Two does not have a start date because the city is still seeking an estimated $605,000 in additional funding through grants like the CDBG or OPWC.

Phase Two will consist of the same replacements on MacMillan Drive to Stuckhardt Road.

Visit the city's website, Facebook page or contact Kellum at 937-854-7224 for more information and updates on city projects.

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