HEBER CITY, Utah – After months of detours, residents of Heber City’s east side can rejoice as construction has been completed on Heber City’s Center Street.
One of Heber City’s primary transportation arteries reopened to through traffic last week, after having been closed for the most of the summer. Critical infrastructure, including Center Street’s sewer and water lines, have been replaced as part of Heber City’s multi-year sewer and water project.
The project to replace over-75-year-old water and sewer lines began in the Summer of 2022, starting with 100 East Street.
The sewer and water lines under Center Street are vital to the project, as they serve as the distribution and collection point for both services. Repairs or replacements such as these will most likely not be required again within most residents’ lifetimes.
“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,” said Jeff Putzke, the public information manager for contractor Sunrise Engineering and lead contact for the project.
With the construction on Center Street now completed, all sewer work is completed along the north sections of work (100 to 600 E; 100 to 100 S). Water mainline and property lateral work continues north of Center Street.
In the southern section, 100 to 500 East and 400 to 600 South, only irrigation and water services remain to be installed.
Road closures are still present, as roads between 300 and 500 East and 400 to 600 South are scheduled to be closed for paving from Oct. 11 through 17.
More information on construction in Heber City can be found on the Heber Project website.
“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,” Putzke added.
To commemorate the reopening of Center Street, local leaders and project leads gathered for a ribbon-cutting. In attendance were Heber City 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.