Missouri American Water to invest $52 million in new pipes for St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — St. Louis County will have new water lines as Missouri American Water announced it will replace about 95,000 feet of water line starting this month.

The $52 million investment will increase service reliability for Missouri American Water’s customers and increase water flow in hydrants, according to a Missouri American Water press release.

The replacement includes upgrading 4-inch, 6-inch, and 8-inch nets originally installed between the 1920s and 1960s. The existing pipes will be replaced with new 12-inch and 16-inch ductile iron lines.

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Key replacement areas include W. Florissant Avenue, Page Avenue, Dale Avenue, N. Lindbergh Boulevard, MacKenzie Road, and S. Laclede Station Road.

“Maintaining water lines is just as important as maintaining our roads and bridges,” St. Louis County Councilwoman Rita Heard Days said in a statement. “Community residents will benefit from having safe and reliable water whenever they turn on the faucet.”

Construction for most projects begins in January and continues through May, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. According to the press release, the transfer of the service lines and the road rehabilitation should be completed in July.

Below are the locations where the pipe replacement projects are taking place, as stated in the press release:

  • More than 9,000 feet along Page Avenue between Crystal Ct. to Spencer Avenue in Overland. Missouri American Water works with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Work on main water installations will be carried out from Monday to Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be lane drops west of I-170. Crews can switch to night work for any major road or intersection.
  • Nearly 6,000 feet along N. Lindbergh Boulevard between Elmgrove Avenue and Charbonier Road in Hazelwood and Florissant. Missouri American Water works with MoDOT. The works will take place Monday to Saturday from 18:00 to 06:00 in order to reduce traffic congestion.
  • Nearly 5,000 feet along MacKenzie Road between Gravois Road and Heege Road in unincorporated St. Louis County.
  • Almost 5,000 feet along Watson Road between Oak Knoll Manor Court and Trianon Parkway Drive in Shrewsbury and in Malborough between Pembroke Drive and Oak Knoll Manor Drive and between 8300 Watson Rd. to S. Laclede Station Road.
  • Nearly 4,500 feet along Dale Avenue between S. Hanley Road and Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights. One lane will be closed during construction.
  • More than 4,000 feet along W. Florissant Avenue between Apricot Avenue and the St. Louis city limits in Jennings.
  • More than 4,000 feet along S. Laclede Station Road between S. Rock Hill Road and Heege Road in unincorporated St. Louis County.
  • Almost 3,000 feet along Watson Road between Oak Knoll Manor Court and Trianon Parkway Drive in Shrewsbury.
  • More than 2,500 feet along East Lane between Tesson Ferry Road and Greenton Way in unincorporated South St. Louis County.
  • More than 2,000 feet along Lemay Ferry Road between Longview Drive and Mehl Avenue in unincorporated South St. Louis County.
  • Nearly 1,600 feet along Knollstone Drive between Pershall Road and Knollway Drive in Ferguson.

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Missouri American Water urges motorists to drive carefully and obey road signs, detour routes and flags while on construction sites. The water supply company provides information on current projects.

Visit the Missouri American Water website for emergency alerts and notifications.

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