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El Paso Water schedules fix for corroded pipes at busy intersection

Starting by mid-June, George Dieter and Rex Baxter will be cut down to two lanes for six weeks so crews can replace metal pipes with plastic ones.

Residents and businesses are going to need to prepare for some heavy work from El Paso Water that’ll cause a bit of traffic on George Dieter Drive.

“I pass through here almost every day,” Robert Trujillo said.

Starting in the summer, two intersections on George Dieter will undergo work to prevent bigger problems down the line, according to El Paso Water.

“We’re proactively replacing our pipelines due to corrosion,” Gilbert Trejo, chief technical officer with El Paso Water, said.

Starting by mid-June, George Dieter and Rex Baxter will be cut down to two lanes for six weeks so crews can replace metal pipes with plastic ones.

“With any construction, there is going to be some impact but we’ve done everything possible to make sure we minimize it,” Trejo said.

Water is not expected to be shut down for more than an hour while crews get to work, according to Trejo.

“The actual underground work that’s going to be done by the contractor, that’ll last the straight seven days 24 hours a day,” Trejo said.

It’s all meant to prevent breaks in the water line system that could lead to more damaging consequences.

“I think for the short time it will have to be closed, it will benefit in the long run not having to deal with construction down the line later on, just get it over with,” Marissa De La Riba said.

“If it has to be done, we’ll just have to suck it up to prevent bigger problems later,” Luka Franklin said.

The replacement project for all eight locations is going to take about eight to 10 years.

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