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Posted on: July 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Water Main Replacement Project Update – July 1

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JULY 22 UPDATE: The prefabricated bridge is scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, July 27 and the contractor will begin installation on Wednesday, July 28. The target date for completion is Friday, August 6, depending on weather.

JULY 16 UPDATE:  The Route 5 Water Main Replacement Project is on schedule to be completed in early August. Voluntary water conservation measures remain in place until the project is completed.

July 1, 2021:

The James City Service Authority (JCSA) continues to work on the replacement of the Route 5 water main at Powhatan Creek. The contractor has completed the installation of the pipe on both sides of the creek.

The next and final steps are to install the pipe bridge and then connect the pipe. The pipe bridge is pre-fabricated, and the manufacturer estimates another three weeks until it is delivered. The contractor will then need about two weeks to install the bridge and make the connections. The estimated time of completion is now early August, which is about three weeks later than originally estimated. Voluntary water restrictions remain in place until the project is completed. “This is not the news anyone was hoping for, but we are doing everything we can to replace the pipe as quickly as possible,” said General Manager Doug Powell.

The lane closure on Route 5 at the Powhatan Creek that has been in place will be suspended until the work on the bridge can begin. At that time, the lane closure will be reinstated. JCSA will provide another update as work progresses.

For more information about the voluntary water restrictions, visit and

Media Contact:
Doug Powell, JCSA General Manager


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