Plaza Water Work Begins

Work to install a new 8-inch waterline in the Market Plaza area is underway in the downtown.

Wheeling Public Works Director Russell Jebbia said the job, being done by contractor JD&E of Wheeling, began last Friday and involves replacement of a 4- and a 6-inch line that are deteriorating.

“It will provide better service for buildings along the plaza and the old Stone & Thomas building. … That old line had numerous problems and the flow levels were down. There’s more water being used now,” he said.

The former department store, now called the Stone Center at Market Plaza, is home to document processing company Williams Lea and Wheeling Jesuit University’s physical therapy program.

The new waterline will connect a 20-inch waterline on Main Street to a 30-inch line on Market Street

“Those will be looped now,” Jebbia said. “We already put valves in the street – traffic should not be disrupted.”

The new line is expected to improve water pressure and fire protection, as a fire hydrant also will be replaced.

“We’re trying to get that done before we do the plaza improvement project,” Jebbia said.

The Market Plaza improvement project is expected to include replacement of sidewalks, brick work, landscaping and moving back a concrete wall along the street to make room for more metered parking. The city set aside $500,000 in tax increment financing bond money for the project.

Jebbia said the waterline replacement project initially was to cost $188,000, but there have been some changes which will result in a higher total.