Heber City Center Street Has Re-Opened for Through Traffic
Residents of Heber City and the eastern side of the Heber Valley can collectively sigh relief as one of the City’s primary transportation arteries re-opens for regular traffic. The road has been closed for most of the summer while critical infrastructure related to the Heber Sewer and Water Project has been excavated and replaced. The work involved with Center Street's water and sewer line update has been complicated. Many of the downtown Heber City water and sewer lines were initially placed over 75 years ago. The age, material, and potential for failure of these vital services are the driving force behind the Heber Sewer and Water Project. Jeff Putzke, the Public Information Manager for Sunrise Engineering and lead contact for the project, stated:
“Completing pipeline replacement work along Center Street is a significant accomplishment from a construction perspective. The sewer main pipeline is a major hub for carrying wastewater, and its depth is such that it passes underneath multiple utilities. Center Street is one of the original paved routes in the city, so it has a long history of use for varied underground utilities. This complicated the efforts to replace the pipeline and associated property service laterals. The sheer volume of buried utilities slowed the excavation work, as crews had to navigate around them carefully. Many of these utilities were not logged under a survey log for location; thus, excavation efforts needed to be precise to maintain their integrity.”
While the road closure has been inconvenient to travelers and commuters – this entire process has been implemented so that the residents have maintained active water and sewer services. Sensitivity to the ongoing needs of affected residents has also contributed to the length of the operation.
The new pipelines on Center Street are as significant to the downtown water and sewer plan as the road is for travelers. These pipes are the distribution and collection points for these critical services. All of the residents of eastern Heber will ultimately benefit from this update. Such repairs will not be required again in most resident's lifetimes.
As a celebration of the re-opening of Center Street – local leaders and project leads gathered together on the morning of September 26, 2023, to announce the completion of the road with a ribbon cutting. In attendance were Council members Yvonne Barney and Mike Johnston, City Manager Matt Brower, City Engineer Russ Funk, Public Works Director Mathew Kennard, BHI Construction Project Manager Mike Thompson, and Sunrise Engineering Inspector Shane Crosland. Heber City is thrilled to have passed this Heber Water and Sewer project milestone. We thank all the citizens of Wasatch County for their patience and hope that, looking back, all can understand the value of the albeit temporary inconvenience incurred by the road closure this summer.
Up-to-date Heber Water and Sewer Project information can be found at https://heberproject.com .