Part of Keowee Street closed for months for water line work

Keowee Street will be closed between Monument Avenue and Valley Street in Dayton from Jan. 4 to April 5, 2021, for water line upgrades and realignment. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY

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Keowee Street will be closed between Monument Avenue and Valley Street in Dayton from Jan. 4 to April 5, 2021, for water line upgrades and realignment. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY

Keowee Street between Monument Avenue and Valley Street will be closed for approximately four months as the city of Dayton realigns and upgrades water lines.

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The road is expected to be closed until about April 5. Detour signs will be posted in the area.

The water line work is in the same area where the city had a large water main break in August, causing around 27,000 customers in the downtown, South Park, Grafton Hill and other neighborhoods in Dayton to be without water for nearly three days.

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A 48-inch pipe installed in 1951 serving the city’s low pressure area broke, leading to the erosion and failure of a 30-inch pipe installed in 1893 that served the high-pressure system. A 36-inch pipe installed in 1926 that served the high-pressure area also was damaged.

Following initial repairs, the city announced its decision to realign the lines to reduce the underground water infrastructure in the area. The additional space should help prevent one break from resulting in additional issues.

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The break on Aug. 3 was the third large disruption Dayton has seen in a year in and half.

In February 2019, a water main break in the Great Miami River near the Keowee Street Bridge spilled nearly 150 million gallons of drinking water, resulting in a county-wide boil advisory that impacted 400,000 people for almost two days.

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