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The following projects involve long-term construction and may create traffic disruptions and other impacts to communities. Not all PWD projects are represented. To report an incident or problem that needs immediate attention, please call 215-685-6300.

Ridge Avenue Water Main Replacement

Scope of PWD Work:

  • Replacement of existing water mains with a new water main in each block. Impacted list of streets below.
  • Property water service replacement
  • Fire hydrants along limits of project replacement
  • Penn DOT will resurface Ridge Ave. within the limits of the project upon PWD construction completion (see below).
  • PWD is coordinating its work with Penn DOT in order to ensure the water main work is completed prior to the street resurfacing work.

PWD Work Schedule:

  • Project out to bid April 2014.
  • Construction to begin early July 2014.
  • Estimated construction Duration: 4 calendar months.
  • Anticipated PWD construction completion: Late October 2014

Penn DOT Work Schedule:

  • Contractor may mobilize / begin work as soon as July 2014.
  • Anticipated Penn DOT construction completion: December 2014.
  • Scope of Penn DOT Work:
  • Street resurfacing consisting of mill and overlay of Ridge Ave. from Northwestern St. (Philadelphia City Border with Montgomery County) to 33rd St. (approx. 7 miles total)
  • Reconstruction of handicap ramps along project limits

Streets / Blocks affected by PWD (total project)

  • Ridge Ave. from Shurs/ Walnut Lane to Manayunk Ave.
  • Jamestown St. from Henry Ave. to Magdalena Ave.
  • Magdalena St. from Jamestown St. Roxborough Ave.
  • Vicaris St. from Lauriston St. to Salaignac St.
  • Wendover St. from Henry Ave. to Magdalena St.
  • Osborn St. from Ridge Ave. to terminus (dead end)

Resources:
Business Response Program
In Partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) the Business Response Program (BRB) was initiated as a short-term assistance program to help ensure that business in an area affected by PWD project is, to the extent possible, not interrupted. Please read theBRP Application for more information on eligibility.

Main Break: Frankford and Torresdale

On December 23, 2013, at approximately 8:48 AM the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) experienced a failure of a 48” transmission main in the intersection of Frankford Ave. & Torresdale Ave., which flooded the intersection and abutting businesses. All impacted businesses should have already spoken to a Customer Service Representative. If that still has not occurred, we ask that they contact our Customer Service Representatives by calling 215-685-9602.

Repair and restoration is expected to require a few months. PWD will continue to update impacted residents and the neighborhood as to the duration of the repair and restoration.

Updates: March 19, 2014
The department has determined that it is prudent to replace an equal amount of pipe in the adjacent main due to its close proximity to the broken main and possible damage it may have sustained when the main broke.

  • View a slideshow of the excavation
  • All of the water main repairs and replacements have been completed
  • The East and West mains that were damaged from the break were replaced one at a time
  • Other mains in the area were inspected for any possible damage
  • The washout has been approximately 90% filled and partner utilities have finished their necessary repairs
  • Verizon and the Streets Department have returned the site back to PWD
  • We will update the notifications with information on street restoration when available

Philadelphia's drinking water is safe and of high quality and providing this safe, reliable and essential service is our top priority. The Water Department continues to appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to restore this area to normal. If you have any questions, you may contact John DiGiulio at John.DiGiulio@phila.gov.

Main Break: Baker's Centre, Fox Street

On Saturday, January 11th, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) was alerted to a failure on a section of a 48” transmission main in the parking lot of Baker’s Centre, a shopping plaza at 3400 Fox Street. The broken pipe was shut down at approximately 6:20 a.m. after releasing approximately 13 million gallons of water.

Updates: March 19, 2014

  • This work is in its final stages. However an official date for re-opening the roadway cannot be given until all of the sewer work and backfilling has finished.
  • By February 12, the water main was repaired and sections were replaced and pressure tested.
  • The cave in has been partially filled and the contractor on site is currently working on the sewer in the area.
  • Once that is complete, the remainder of the backfill operation will take place, and a plan for repairing the roadway into the shopping center will be in place.
  • There is electrical work that needs to take place. This will be scheduled through the management team at Baker's Centre.

The Water Department appreciates the patience and understanding of everyone impacted by this break, as any water main break of this magnitude can be messy and disruptive. Philadelphia's drinking water is safe and of high quality and providing this safe, reliable and essential service is our top priority.

East Park Reservoir

PWD will be embarking on a multi-year project at this site which will include the construction of new water tanks, general facility upgrades and additional sight improvements.The East Park Reservoir is an important drinking water storage facility for the City of Philadelphia. The facility provides water storage for approximately 50 percent of the Philadelphia Water Department’s customers and provides reliable water service during emergency conditions.
Key Project Facts
  • 60 million gallons of drinking water storage
  • Continued reliable water service to customers
  • Relocated access road for improved traffic safety
  • Partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
  • Partnership with Audubon Society and Outward Bound Philadelphia
  • Project Schedule: Construction- Anticipated 2014-2016
View a presentation that was delivered to area residents on January 29th and February 4th, 2014.

Duval Street Improvement

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is beginning heavy construction in your neighborhood. The water mains located in the streets listed below have outlived their useful lifespan and must be replaced now to safeguard your water and sewer services and prevent potential leaks or breaks from flooding and damaging City streets and private property:
  • W. Johnson from Greene St. to Sherman St.
  • N. Moylan St. from W. Washington Ln. to W. Pomona St.
  • W. Pomona St. from Moylan St. to Sherman St.
  • Sherman St. from W. Washington Ln. to Johnson St.
  • W. Washington Ln. from Moylan St. to Wayne Ave.
  • N. Wayne Ave. from W. Tulpehocken St. to Washington Ln.
The Water Department has hired a private contractor, Nello Construction Co. Inc., to complete the above project. The work will proceed block by block until final completion on or about 7-24-14.

Updates: March 7, 2014
  • The Water Department has assigned an Inspector to the project who will be on-site every day. Contact the inspector with any problems.
  • The Inspector will notify you one day in advance of any scheduled water shut-offs. Several will be required over the course of the project to make connections to the new water main.
  • shut-offs typically take place in the morning hours, start at 9:00 AM and last for 2 to 8 hours, depending on the difficulty involved.
  • Read the FAQ addressing community members' concerns.

Spring Lane and Hendren Street: Proposed Project

The Philadelphia Water Department is exploring ways to relive neighborhood flooding and sanitary sewer issues in this area of Philadelphia that is served by a private sewer.

Resources

Survey:
Understanding the nature of specific problems in neighborhoods is an important first step for the City to develop solutions. Please take the time to fill out this survey to help us better understand your flooding problem.

Fill the survey out online:
Download the survey to fill out and mail in:

Venice Island Storage Basin

The Philadelphia Water Department is constructing an underground storage basin at Venice Island between the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill River, between the Lock and Cotton Street bridges in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. The basin will temporarily store diverted sanitary flow from the interceptor sewer during intense rain storms to reduce pollution in the Schuylkill River.
This multi-year project is the culmination of several years of research and community engagement to determine the best placement for the basin and the most amenable replacement of lost facilities. This project includes:
  • Demolition of existing parking and recreation facilities at Venice Island
  • Construction of underground storage basin
  • Replacement of lost parking and recreation facilities
This project is currently in Phase 3

  • In Phase 1, workers completed the demolition of the existing Recreation Center and construction of temporary parking for the Manayunk Development Corporation.
  • In Phase 2, workers completed the demolition of previous parking facilities; excavation of the area for the underground storage tank; and construction of the tank, pumping facility and roughly half of the new parking facility.
  • Phase 3 includes the construction of the Parks and Recreation facilities, i.e. the Performing Arts Center (PAC), sprayground, and additional parking. The parking will be linked with the lot constructed during Phase 2, thus unifying the site and completing the construction of the new parking facility.

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