Water main to be replaced under Butte's Harrison Ave


BUTTE, Mont. - Workers in Butte will begin tearing up one of the city's busiest streets starting in the next few weeks. The Public Works Department needs to replace a water main under Harrison Avenue. Crews will start at Dewey Boulevard and run south more than a half mile to Holmes Avenue. Butte-Silver Bow's Public Works Director Dave Shultz said the water main under Harrison Avenue is over 100 years old and has had several leaks along the pipeline. "It's time to replace that," said Shultz. So the Public Works Department plans to begin construction within the next two weeks. With Harrison Avenue being one of the Mining City's busiest streets, the project won't be easy. "It's large; it's a busy street," said Shultz. "So it's going to be a difficult job for us." Shultz said they've already warned some business owners. Victor Murillo manages Fiesta Mexicana on Harrison. "There's a lot of cars, and every time they do construction the line goes all the way to the other light, sometimes farther," Murillo said. Murillo told us he thinks the construction will hurt the restaurant because fewer customers might be stopping in. "It's going to be dead here," he said. Across the street, Thomas Marg at Cellular Plus has the same worry and says they've been thinking about how customers can still get to their store. Their plan is to have people use other streets nearby instead. "If it does have to be torn up, it's understandable," Marg said. "Everyone kind of needs cell phones, and when they need the help they will certainly find us." But the businesses know the project is important and has to be done so they are all just hoping it goes by fast. "I hope they do it quick," said Murillo. "The sooner the better, that's all I can kind of say," said Marg. Construction is set to begin Monday, April 28, and go through the end of the summer. Next summer the city will continue water main replacement to where Harrison turns into Highway 2, another 2.5 miles south. MDT will resurface the road after the project is finished. Shultz said there will be a public hearing at the Archives for interested parties. The hearing will be on April 22 at 7 p.m. Shultz will give a presentation on the construction and listen to input.