By JOSH ALDRICH
Trails in Piper Creek near 32nd Street should be reopened today with the completion of the installation of a new water main.
However, they will be closed again in the next couple of weeks as the city ties the new lines back into the system.
The installation was carried out by Directional Drilling at a cost of approximately $200,000 but was delayed by inclement weather.
The project started on March 5 and originally the work was supposed to be completed on March 21.
“It’s hard to do some pressure tests in that -10 weather like it was last week,” said environmental planning engineer for the City of Red Deer Alex Monkman.
The new line is made out of high density polyethylene.
It replaces a smaller, old steel line, improving the water capacity in the Bower area.
The parking lot at Kin Canyon was also closed during the construction phase of the project, but will not have to be shut down again when the city comes in to tie the main back into creek crossing work carried out last year, as well as into the intersection at Spruce Drive and 32nd Street.