Downtown Water and Wastewater System Improvements Project

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Project Update: Week of March 29
Phase I - Buffalo St

Phase I:  Temporary lane shifts on W. State of Franklin Road from Buffalo Street to South Commerce Street and near the Buffalo and Cherry Streets intersection will be installed during the overnight hours of Thursday, April 1 into Friday, April 2 for manhole rehabilitation.


Phase II:  The E. Market Street road closure from S. Roan Street to Buffalo Street will continue this week for the installation of the new water service lines and new fire sprinkler connections. The new 12-inch mainline waterline has now been installed with the waterline tie-in installation near the E. Market  and S. Roan Streets intersection completed during the overnight hours of Sunday, March 28 to Monday, March 29.



Downtown Water and Wastewater System Improvements Project Continues

The City of Johnson City’s two-phase Downtown Water and Wastewater System Improvements Project began Monday, Oct. 12. This project includes the rehabilitation of 2,600 feet of sewer line and over 550 feet of waterline installation.

“The City of Johnson City has a responsibility to provide our customers safe and reliable utility services,” said Director of Water and Sewer Services Tom Witherspoon. “This cast iron and concrete sewer line was installed around 1970. As we’ve continued to deliver water and wastewater amid the challenges of COVID-19, we know that repairing and replacing aging infrastructure remains critical to our mission to protect the public health and strengthen communities. This project will allow us to provide service for the next 100 years.”

Phase one of the improvements project involved the rehabilitation of the large sewer line that runs under Buffalo Street from the Cherry Street intersection through the South Roan Street intersection and under Water Street.

The second phase began in January and involves water and sewer work on East Market Street from Buffalo Street to South Roan Street. This include the open cut installation of a new waterline as well as new water service lines and new fire sprinkler connections to each property along the route. Rehabilitation of the sewer line in this section of East Market Street will also be completed during this time. Sewer cleanouts will also be installed for all businesses that presently do not have one available for access.

Due to the nature of the construction work being conducted East Market Street from Buffalo Street to South Roan Street will be completely closed to all vehicle traffic, including on-street parking, for the duration of the project. Construction activities will result in temporary sidewalk closures. 

The City of Johnson City is reinvesting over $1 million in the project. A portion of the project is being funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Click here for a presentation on the improvements project.


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