White Pigeon planning water-line replacement

The village of White Pigeon last week took a step toward a major infrastructure project set to begin this fall.

Potentially sporting a price tag of at least $14 million, the task involves replacing the village’s water-line infrastructure. Village president Tyler Royce said most of the current system is original, making it more than 70 years old.

A public hearing on the second and third phases of the project took place at Wednesday’s village council meeting.

Royce said the timing of the project is designed to coincide with the Michigan Department of Transportation’s plan to repave U.S. 12 from U.S. 131 east through the village limits next summer.

The village will be replacing water lines that currently have 2- and 4-inch openings with 10-inch lines, he added. Royce said the new system will also correct frequent moments of low water-flow pressure.

He said all streets, sidewalks and hydrants affected by the work will be replaced. Trees that have to be removed will be replaced, as well, Royce said.

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