2017 Water & Sewer Rehab Projects

Schedule 1:  South 24th Street West Waterline Replacement

Project Overview:

The '24th Street West Water Main Replacement Project' includes the replacement and upsizing of 2,600 feet of water mains on 24th Street West between Central Avenue and Monad Road.  The current 12-inch cast iron water line, originally installed in 1959, is undersized and deteriorating with age.  This project will replace the pipeline, along with numerous side-street and service laterals, and all valves and hydrants along the corridor.  This project will allow the City to better serve their water customers, reduce annual system maintenance costs, convey water more efficiently to other areas of the water distribution system, and sustain a safe and reliable infrastructure.  Construction is expected to start in early June and last about 3 to 3½ months.  Most of the work will occur at night between the hours of 7 PM to 7 AM, which is intended to allow for better traffic flow and business access during the day.  The typical work week will be Sunday night through Friday morning.  The project will be constructed by Western Municipal Construction, who was selected through a competitive bid process.  DOWL is the City's engineering consultant that prepared the design and will be overseeing construction.

June 23, 2017 Update:

See the attached exhibit for an overview of the upcoming work areas and general project status.  Construction on 24th Street West during the week beginning June 25 will be occurring from Central Avenue to south of Eldorado Drive.  New water main installation will resume in the intersection of 24th Street West and Eldorado Drive, and then continue south underneath the center turn lane.  On Monday, June 26, paving of the first half-block south of Central Avenue will occur during the daytime, with only one lane of travel open in both directions on 24th Street West in the immediate vicinity of the work.  All other work next week will occur at night between the hours of 7:00 PM – 7:00 AM, Sunday night through Friday morning.  With the exception of Monday, typical daytime traffic conditions will allow for two lanes of traffic in both directions.  Business access will be maintained throughout the project duration, although there may be times when only one of multiple entrances to each business is able to remain open during working hours.  All reasonable efforts will be made to minimize inconveniences to businesses and to general traffic flow.  All water users affected by this project have been placed on a temporary water system and will see no changes to water service.

  • Water line replacement on 24th Street West from Central Avenue to Monad Road
  • Estimated start of construction:  June 5th
  • Waterline is in center of the street
  • Primarily night work

Schedule 2


June 19th Update:

See the attached “Schedule 2 Weekly Update” maps for an overview of the active work areas and general project status for Schedules 2A, 2B, and 2C.  

Schedule 2A:  32nd Street Waterline Replacement

No construction will occur in Schedule 2A this week.  At this time, it is anticipated that construction will commence around the beginning of August.

  • Water line replacement on North 32nd Street from 9th Avenue North to 12th Avenue North
  • Work in front of McKinley school to be completed before school starts
  • Commuter impact at Parkhill/N. 32nd/11th Ave. North intersection

Schedule 2B:  Rose Park Area Sewer Replacement

Work this week will consist of the contractor beginning to replace sewer main in 17th Street West and continuing to the west.  The work will affect the areas generally bounded between Avenues C and D from 17th Street West to 18th Street West.   Construction crews will be in alleys replacing manholes and sewer main, and will restore the surface once construction of the sewer in the alley is complete.  Traffic control will consist of a closure to 17th Street West while the contractor is in the street replacing the sewer main.  Once the contractor has progressed into the alley, 17th Street West will be reopened to traffic in both directions and traffic will be routed around the construction area.  In addition to alley closures, a traffic closure will also occur on 18th Street west as they continue construction to the west.  Access for area residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration.        


  • Sewer Replacement in alleys
    • Between Ave. C and Ave. D from 17th Street West to 21st Street West
    • Between Ave. B and Ave. C from 17th Street West to BBWA Canal (Approx. 25th St. West)
  • Work primarily in alleys and local streets, except for tie-ins and crossing of major streets
  • Timing of major street crossings dependent on contractors schedule
  • Work in 17th Street West at the alley between Ave C and Ave D will require full closure of 17th for a short period
  • Other work in 17th, 19th, and 24th Streets West will maintain two way traffic

Schedule 2C:  Miles/Howard/Cook from 26th – 28th Street West Sewer Replacement

Work this week will consist of the contractor beginning to replace sewer main in 26th Street West and continuing to the west.  The work will affect the areas generally bounded between Howard Avenue and Miles Avenue from 26th Street West to 27th Street West.   Construction crews will be in alleys replacing manholes and sewer main, and will restore the surface once construction of the sewer in the alley is complete.  In addition to alley closures, traffic control will consist of closures to 26th Street West and 27th Street as they continue construction to the west.  Access for area residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration.         


  • Sewer Replacement in alleys between 26th Street West and 28th Street West
    • Between Miles Avenue and Howard Avenue
    • Between Howard Avenue and Cook Avenue
    • Alley south of Cook Avenue
  • Work primarily in alleys and local streets, except for tie-ins and crossing of major streets

Schedule 3:  6th Avenue North Water and Sewer Replacement

June 16, 2017 Update:

This week the contractor started construction on 6th Avenue North at the alleys between North 32nd and North 27th Street.  Work included lining the existing sanitary sewer pipes and manholes.  For the week of June 19th, 2017, the contractor will continue to line the existing sanitary sewer pipes and manholes in 6th Avenue North between North 32nd and North 26th Street.  Traffic control will consist of maintaining two lanes of traffic on the south side of 6th Avenue North through the work zone.  There is also a small work zone in the middle of the intersection of North 27th Street and 6th Avenue North that will require lane shifts through the intersection.  Access to businesses and residents will be maintained.

Starting on Wednesday, June 21st, work will begin in the intersection of Grand Ave/6th Ave/North 32nd St with the installation of new sanitary sewer pipe and manholes.  The intersection work will be completed in sections to maintain access from 6th Avenue North to Grand Avenue, Division Street, and North 32nd Street.  A detour will be in place to direct Grand Avenue eastbound traffic to Division Street.  Access to businesses and residents will be maintained.

The construction work zones are highlighted on the Schedule 3 Project Map.  

  • Sewer and Waterline Replacement from N. 27th Street to Grand Avenue
  • Commuter impact/Traffic Control
    • Will maintain 2 lanes of traffic on 6th Avenue
    • N. 32nd and Division will have short duration closures
    • Grand Avenue will be constricted to one lane in each direction
  • May include some night work

TRAFFIC/ACCESS

 

Thank you for your patience and consideration as the Contractor performs work in your area.
Program History  
The City of Billings Water and Sanitary Sewer Replacement Projects were initiated in 1979 as part of an overall strategy to keep the City’s water distribution system and sanitary sewer collection system in the best possible overall condition.With only a few exceptions, the City has replaced water and sewer mains each year since 1979.

Indicators of Replacement Needs
A number of indicators are utilized to identify areas of the system needing replacement and generally include:
  • System capacity analysis
  • Water main break history
  • Sanitary sewer back-up complaints
  • Sanitary sewer root intrusion maintenance activity
  • Sanitary sewer video analysis
  • Public Works Department street improvement projects

Scheduling



Generally, the replacement projects scheduled in any given year are first prioritized based on coordination with plans the Engineering Division has to improve City streets. City resources are best utilized and the public best served when marginal water and sanitary sewer systems in streets scheduled for improvement are replaced along with the street improvements; this way, newer streets are not cut for utility replacement long into the foreseeable future.

Secondly, an attempt is made to concentrate water and sewer replacement projects in a limited number of geographical areas each project year.By replacing systems in only a few areas each construction season, the City does not burden it’s customers in that area with construction-related inconveniences for multiple years within a reasonable time span.Also, the City is able to obtain more competitive bid prices on the work performed if the projects are not scattered throughout the City.

The Distribution and Collection Division prioritizes portions of the system for replacement on a rolling five year schedule; this schedule must remain flexible and project priorities change frequently based on changing public needs from year to year. The amount of work actually performed each year is based on available budget.Recent annual project budgets have been on the order of about $3.5 million each for water and sanitary sewer replacement.In the last five years, the lineal footage of water and sewer replacements have been on the order of 7,500 to 12,500 feet each for water and sewer.