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The City of Tuttle has placed temporary asphalt along parts of Morgan Road which were damaged during the waterline project. (Staff photo by Darla Welchel)
By Darla Welchel
Staff Writer

Although the abundant rainfall is very good for drought stricken Grady County, the soggy weather has caused further delays on the Morgan Road waterline project that was slated to be completed by the end of February.

Whereas previous delays were caused by staffing issues and large numbers of underground utilities, the weather can be blamed for keeping Tuttle’s newest waterline spigots remaining off.

“The weather has slowed the project down but we hope to be installing more pipe this week,” said Public Works Director Ray Collier. “We were hoping to have the project done in January but the weather and work load has prevented that from happening. Once we finish installing the line we will begin testing it and hope to be finished in 45 days.”

Those people who are connected to the waterline at the time of completion of the project will benefit immediately, Collier said. Also, the City will benefit from the additional revenue that will be generated through this project.

“We routinely receive calls from property owners wanting to know if they will be able to connect to it and if we will be extending the line down other streets,” he said. “As we improve and expand the system we are able to serve more customers, as we serve more customers, we generate funds to make improvement.”

As for the damage to the asphalt on Morgan Road caused by digging, heavy machinery and weather, Collier said that some temporary asphalt has been installed.

“The temporary fix will be followed with a more permanent mix,” he said. “We will not be resurfacing the entire road, but we will be repairing the cuts we have made across and along the side of the road.

The City will also repair any pot holes that need to be addressed and any driveways which need additional repairs will also be done at this time, Collier said. The asphalt repairs are expect to be completed within 15-30 days.

Up next for the city’s water department is a water main extension on Silver City road between Sara Road and State Highway 4, he said. The department will also be pump testing some water wells and possibly upgrading some of the equipment.

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