West Virginia American Water Completes Phase Two of Main Replacement Project Along Washington Street

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Dec. 10, 2021) – West Virginia American Water announced today that it has completed the second of three phases in an estimated $1.5 million-dollar infrastructure upgrade project along Washington Street in Charleston. The project is replacing approximately 1,800 feet of 12” cast iron water main from Morris to Shrewsbury streets. Weather permitting, the entire project is on schedule to be completed by December 31.

The first phase of the project included water main replacement in the Morris Street intersection and throughout the block between Morris and Brooks streets alongside Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital.

The second phase of the project began on Monday, November 22 and included water main replacement in the Brooks Street intersection and throughout the block between Brooks Street and Leon Sullivan Way. The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences saw minimal impact to their daily operations thanks to the careful communication and coordination between teams on this construction project. The Brooks Street to Leon Sullivan Way block is anticipated to be fully reopened to daily traffic beginning Friday, December 10. Final paving of this block will be completed in early spring 2022.

The final phase of the project is slated to begin on Monday, December 13 with a closure of the right lane only in the Leon Sullivan Way to Shrewsbury Street block. The right lane of this block is expected to be closed for approximately three weeks with the left lane remaining open to traffic for the duration of the project. The Leon Sullivan Way and Washington Street intersection will remain open to traffic during the day with the limited closure of lanes overnight.

West Virginia American Water has worked collaboratively with the United States Postal Service, Quality Inn & Suites and Best Western Hotel to minimize impacts to daily operations and coordinate traffic patterns for delivery drivers and hotel guests. Additionally, the company is communicating closely with the Department of Highways, City of Charleston, Kanawha County and other businesses along the construction route to provide regular updates on project progress and traffic pattern adjustments.

For continued updates on traffic impacts and construction progress, please visit the ‘Extended Alerts’ section of the company website.

West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 545,000 people. For more information, visit and follow West Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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