Water line construction completed at Orange and Williamson intersection in Roanoke

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Roanoke (WSLS 10) - Water Authority crews completed water line repair work at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Williamson Road. Officials said the intersection will reopen for all traffic by 6 a.m. Monday morning.

On Sunday, officials said they will let 80 tons of asphalt that they put down set overnight. Western Virginia Water Authority replaced the aging water mains over the weekend. The work required the intersection to be closed Friday, April 8 starting at 7 p.m. until Monday, April 11 at 6 a.m.

According to authorities, the water main replacement is the first phase of a FY2016 capital improvement project to replace the aging 12-inch 1950s-era cast iron water main that runs east along Orange Avenue from the Williamson Road intersection to 13th Street. Once completed, thr new pipe will connect to the 12-inch water main that was replaced in 2015 up to Gus Nicks Boulevard. Since 2007, the Orange Avenue water main between Williamson Road and 13th Street has broken numerous times. This project is starting this weekend to minimize the risk of future breaks in this area as the city of Roanoke is scheduled to pave Orange Avenue from just east of Williamson to Gainsboro Road this summer.