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Hwy. 9 waterline construction begins

Pipes sit along the side of Hwy. 9 waiting to be placed in the ground as part of the new waterline. (photo submitted)

Pipes sit along the side of Hwy. 9 waiting to be placed in the ground as part of the new waterline. (photo submitted)

Construction began last week on a waterline along Hwy. 9 that will connect regional water sources from Asheville to Charlotte.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 19 reviewed what the new waterline would add to its Polk County Water South department.

The waterline, which will run from Peniel Road off Hwy. 9 in Green Creek to the Hwy. 9/Hwy. 108 intersection in Mill Spring, will shut down the county’s well system at Polk County Middle School. Polk Central Elementary School will tap onto the line as well as several businesses and 19 homes, which will be supplied water from Broad River Water Authority.

Commissioner Keith Holbert reviewed details of the new line and said he thinks it’s important residents are kept up to date with construction.

Construction is scheduled to take about six months to complete, according to interim county manager Marche Pittman.

Contractors are currently working in front of A.P. Williams Store in Green Creek. Holbert said engineers told storeowners they are planning the construction so the store can remain open.

Businesses and county properties currently served by the county’s Mill Spring well system who will switch to the Polk County Water South Department, served by Broad River Water Authority, include two Deb’s mini marts, CooperRiis, the Mill Spring Recreation Center, Polk County Middle School, Polk County Department of Social Services, the Mill Spring Fire Department and Giardini’s Trattatoria.