NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County’s community and economic development director says a waterline replacement project in Uhrichsville is going to disrupt travel for a few residents. 

Scott Reynolds says they are trying to get out ahead of potential issues by meeting with residents around East First Street as they plan a 10-inch line replacement for late next spring. Reynolds says the county is involved in the Twin City Water and Sewer District project because they are helping apply for community infrastructure grant dollars that will pay for half the replacement.

“The current estimated cost is a little over $900,000 currently. That may go up or down a little bit by the time we actually get to the public hearing. It’s not gonna change radically. It may change up or down a little bit one way or the other,” he says.

Reynolds says the replacement will involve tearing up the road where the line is being replaced and then paving back over the area once it’s finished. He says they are hosting a public meeting December 4th at 6 pm in the Twin City Water and Sewer District headquarters to tell residents what to expect.

“The application is due before the end of December this year. If the project is awarded, we are hoping to go to construction in the season next year, starting the end of May or early June and hopefully be done before winter sets in next year,” he says.

Reynolds says the line they’re replacing is about 100-years old and likely still has led fittings, which he says is a health concern. the Ohio EPA is also helping pay for the replacement.