Work began earlier this week on a project to replace a wooden retaining wall on Moutain Lion Road with a concrete block structure.

The project, which involved detouring traffic at Mountain Lion and Modoc Drive, required moving a water line. That necessitated shutting down the old line and attaching customers to the new line, according to Harker Heights City Manager David Mitchell..

“If we were to build the retaining wall today, the wall would be on top of the water line. So if you had a line break situation where a water line is underneath the retaining wall, it would cause major problems,” Mitchell said Wednesday.

“We’re moving the water line clear of that so if we have to do any maintenance on the water line, we can get do it without having to work underneath the retaining wall.

Mitchell said, “We put hangers on the doors of homes that will be affected and there will be times when they will have no water but we don’t perceive that to be very long.”

Mitchell noted, “There will be a period of time where some residents will have to boil water because anytime there’s a new line coming on until you have to show the bacterial samples are clear on that line, We don’t expect any issues with that.”

Construction on the project was expected to be completed today.

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