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Crews finish tying in the last few lines of the new water line to the water tower on Sioux Avenue.

Phase 1 of the $3.7 million Talbert-Sioux Waterline Replacement project will be completed once crews finish tying in two water lines at the water tower and replacing the road.

“When those two are done, that part of the project is complete except for putting everything back – the streets and sidewalks,” Claremore Engineer Garrett Ball said.

Ball said there is about 30-45 days of construction left in Phase 1, which includes returning the road to normal.

“I think everything went well on the Sioux line,” he said. “We’re glad to have it almost online.”

Ball said subcontractors will work to put the road back together while the contractors, McGuire Brothers Construction, begin Phase 2.

Phase 2 includes replacing an existing 12-inch line from north of Hillcrest Hospital to the Talbert Water Towers on Highway 88.

“They’re planning on starting there behind the hospital and heading west,” Ball said.

Ball said this project was started in early August when subcontractors bore a casing under the streets and railroads.

Contractors dug a pit on either side of the railroad and bore under railroad pushing a casing through, which is what the waterline will go through.

“They’ve got all the bores complete, so it’s sitting there ready to go,” he said. “As soon as that crew’s finished, they’ll jump over and start on that side.”

Ball said construction will be roughly a block north of Blue Starr Drive. He said they will start north of Hillcrest Hospital, cross Route 66 south of the shopping strip where Cedar Pointe Church is located, go through Wohali Outdoors property and Pecan Park.

“I know that Phase 2, the Talbert part, is quite a bit longer than the Sioux part is,” he said. “A lot of it’s on open ground.”

Ball said Phase 2 is quite a bit longer with around 15 tie-ins and will take place in areas that are not as congested. Ball said there are no structures in the way that they know of, but they’ll be in the backyards of some houses.

“It’s going to be a mess there on the west end,” he said.

Ball said Phase 2 will take around six months to complete and should be finished around the beginning of July, weather permitting.

“This is the main feed line to the Talbert towers, which feeds basically the whole west side of town,” he said.

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