Category Archives: Utilities

City planning $2.48 million water main replacement on lower northside

A $2.48 million water main replacement project is on the June 16 City Commission agenda. The project will replace more than 3,700 feet of water main along 6th Avenue North from Park Drive to 7th Street North, along 5th Avenue North from Park Drive to 7th Street North, and along 7th Street North from 5th Avenue North to 6th Avenue

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Fiber optic cables projects closing some downtown alleys, sidewalks and parking areas

Utility work associated with a Charter Communications fiber optic cable project requires an approximate two week through traffic closure of 1st Alley North between 5th and 6th Streets North and a three day through traffic closure 1st Alley South between 3rd and 4th Streets South. The project will also temporarily close on-street parking along the east side of 4th Street

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Portion of 8th Street South closed this week for utility work

Utility work will close 8th Street South between 5th Avenue South and 9th Avenue South from May 4-8. The city has contracted with Planned and Engineered Construction, Inc. for the installation of sewer liner on the existing sewer main beneath the 8th Street South. The contractor will provide barricades and detour signs in the area of construction for traffic routing.

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City participating in national study of sewer systems looking for COVID-19

A team of researchers are studying city sewer systems nationwide looking for COVID-19 and Great Falls is participating in the study. BioBot, which studies wastewater epidemiology, has teamed with researchers at MIT, Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has launched a pro bono program to map COVID-19 by using samples from sewage. According to BioBot, new studies show that the

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Road closures in Fox Farm area for completion of water main river crossings

Construction to install water main crossings under the Missouri and Sun rivers will restart April 7. Crews are finishing the portion under the Sun River and construction is expected to last about 45 days. Missouri River water main crossing complete and in service; Sun River crossing nearly complete For this portion of the project, Alder Drive from Fox Farm Road

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Mike Judge named interim city public works director; city seeking permanent replacement

City Manager Greg Doyon named Mike Judge as the Interim Public Works Director while the city completes its search for a permanent replacement. Judge assumed the interim role effective April 1. The former director, Jim Rearden, retired after 33 years of service on March 31. City public works director retiring Prior to this appointment, Judge served as the Utility Systems

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City reminding people not to flush non-toilet paper

The City of Great Falls has issued a reminder for residents not to flush non-toilet paper items in their toilets. “With the availability of toilet paper dwindling, people are forced to use other products that are not meant to be flushed. If you must use paper towels or wipes of any kind—even those marked ‘flushable,’ please DO NOT FLUSH them

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Commission approves contract for fire station sewer repairs

Updated Jan. 2 Commissioners voted unanimously during their Dec. 17 meeting to approve a $149,750 contract to Copper Creek Construction for plumbing upgrades at three of the city’s fire stations. Great Falls Fire Rescue Chief Steve Hester said that work would begin in a few weeks at Station 4 at 1800 Fox Farm Rd. Hester said the work will require

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Missouri River water main crossing complete and in service; Sun River crossing nearly complete

The new 24-inch water main crossing under the Missouri River is complete. Public Works Director Jim Rearden told City Commissioners earlier this month that the crossing had passed all bacteriological and pressure tests and was put into service Nov. 25. The Sun River Crossing is nearly complete and was tied in on the north end and pressure tested. But the

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City public works seeking $1.1 million in TIF funds for storm drain system in industrial district that includes ADF, Malteurop

The city planning board approved a tax increment financing request from the city public works department $1.1 million for public infrastructure projects in the Central Montana Agriculture and Technology Park, which includes Malteurop, ADF, International Steel Fabrication, T&K Performance LLC and Cargill research laboratories. The TIF district was created by City Commissioners in 2005 and expanded in 2007 with the

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