OGDEN -- A massive project to rebuild one of the city's oldest and largest water pipelines will begin early next month.
City officials recently announced plans to begin the rehabilitation of Ogden Canyon waterline during the first few days of November.
The city has hired Brigham City-based Whitaker Construction for the project, which is expected to wrap up by the end of April.
The 24-inch pipeline, nearly 100 years old, winds through Ogden Canyon and carries water from Pineview Reservoir to thousands of Ogden residents.
City officials say it's a major water supply line to the city, but it's in poor condition and repairs just can't be put off any longer.
"I think it was built in about 1914," said City Engineer Justin Anderson. "When this project is finished, it will ensure continual service for years to come."
The project will cost $8 million. The city will issue $4 million in bonds to pay part of the costs. The state drinking water board has agreed to purchase the bonds for $4 million at an interest rate of 2.6 percent for a term of 20 years.
The Utah Division of Drinking Water had previously committed $4 million.
The pipeline follows the path of State Route 39, or Ogden Canyon Road, through much of its route, so some roadwork will accompany the waterline repairs.
Elizabeth Weight, of Horrocks Engineering, the firm handling public involvement related to the project, said preliminary traffic modeling shows that drivers can expect normal construction delays of five to 10 minutes once the project begins.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said the state has been working closely on the project with Ogden officials and the pipeline contractors for several years.
"Certain segments of the pipeline go right up the middle of the highway," he said, "so we'll be involved with that portion."
For more information about the project, visit www.ogdencanyonh2o.com or call the project hotline at