By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information and Press Release):
Needles, California: Final repair work on a water line underneath Lillyhill Drive on the south side of the bridge crossing over Interstate 40 was completed on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020.
Back on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, a water line erupted underneath Lillyhill Drive near the bridge crossing over Interstate 40 spilling water along with hill side dirt onto eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, leaving a large hole along Lillyhill Drive and a muddy mess along eastbound lanes of Interstate 40.
The final repair work to a water line underneath Lillyhill Drive began on Monday, October 26th, 2020 and was expected to last three days, but work crews were able to completed the final repair work on the Lillyhill Drive water line within two days.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “The line was excavated and a short segment replaced the erupted section of pipe. It was provided cathodic protection (Insulation and grounding) to prevent a reoccurrence of the static energy passing through the pipe from eroding the pipe thickness.”
But during those final repair work to a water line underneath Lillyhill Drive, a discovery on the north side of the bridge crossing over Interstate 40 was found, another eroded water line found underneath D Street near Cibola Street but was discovered before any eruption occurred.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “As part of the $350,000 State Water grant we were required to investigate the north approach to the bridge. Upon uncovering that section, we found through x-rays that the same situation where the thickness of the transmission line had eroded 2/3 of the original pipe thickness.”
The new water line repair work underneath D Street means that there will be another closure along Lillyhill Drive between where D Street mets Lillyhill Drive at Cibola Street to Casa Linda Street beginning on Monday, November 16th, 2020 and will last until Wednesday, November 18th, 2020.
“This upcoming week the Water crews with the cathodic protection vendor and the excavation vendor will uncover the pipe, replace the eroded section, and add the same treatment as the original repairs,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.
Motorists should again use alternate routes around the closed portion of Lillyhill Drive, including the bridge portion as work will be occuring during those days.
ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if water service be affected in the neighborhood or citywide area, and how is water still getting around the closed off water line during repair work?
“Part of the State Water grant was to install a new 12” transmission line from the well field to the reservoirs. That is fully operational and has shown the be able to maintain the reservoir levels for a 2-3 day period once filled,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.
That new transmission water line was done early this year, including the portion underneath East Broadway.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that there will be a scheduled water outage from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday for 1000 Lilly Hill, 1001 Lilly Hill and 1005 Lilly Hill, and precautionary boil water notice will be issued to the effected customers.
“There are three properties immediately south of the work area that are being provided an advance “boil water notice” while the repairs are being done because there is no other way to maintain the service. After the repairs water will be sampled and tested before lifting,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.
ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels after this the water line is all repair, is the rest of the water line from point to point alright?
“We believe so,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.
As for the repair to the roadway after all of the water line repair work, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “All disrupted areas will be provided with new full pavement as will the new transmission line temporary patch in Broadway. We will use the grant for as far as it goes, then supplement with water revenues.”
ZachNews will be monitouring the repair work and will provide any news updates as they arrive.