PITTSTON (AP) — The Pennsylvania American Water Co. has announced plans to install a new water main along Main Street in Pittston beginning May 19.

The $930,000 upgrade will improve service reliability for residents and increase water flows for fire protection, officials said.

The company planned its work in conjunction with Pittston's proposed Streetscape Program improvements.

Nearly 7,500 feet of an aging 6-inch water main will be replaced with new 12-inch ductile iron pipe between Butler and Plank streets. In addition, crews will install nine new fire hydrants and replace nearly 100 service connections.

The project will be completed over the course of the summer in three phases. The first phase will include installing a new water main and replacing all service connections from Butler to Broad streets. The second phase will extend the project from Broad Street to Columbus Avenue, and the third phase will complete the project from Columbus Avenue to Plank Street.

The company will mill and pave Main Street from Butler to Plank streets as each phase is completed. Weather permitting, the company expects to complete the project by the end of August.

During each phase of the project, the left-side driving and passing lanes of Main Street will be closed. Drivers will be able to use the right-side driving and parking lanes. Businesses and sidewalks along the work area will not be affected by construction, officials said. To ease inconvenience, some construction might occur at night.

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