Big waterline project begins along Rural Road in Tempe

Posted at 7:04 AM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 10:04:34-04

A year-long waterline project starts Monday on Rural Road in Tempe and it will cause congestion for drivers.

Construction crews have started work at Rural Road and Alameda Drive and it will continue south to Southern Avenue over the next several months.

The city decided to begin work as summer is starting, since traffic is so much lighter during this time of year. The plan is to replace 9 miles of old, outdated pipes in two different neighborhoods. Many of these pipes were installed before 1970, and they've also had a lot of water main breaks over the past several years.

Work is scheduled to be complete by next summer.