TROY, N.Y. – The City of Troy's Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced that westbound traffic on Hoosick Street will be reduced to one lane from 15th Street to 10th Street from 11AM to 6PM on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, as they repair a faulty fire hydrant.
"Our Department of Public Utilities works hard to ensure clean and reliable water service and emergency preparedness, and your patience during this temporary inconvenience is appreciated" said Troy Mayor Wm. Patrick Madden. "Please slow down in work zones so our workers can return home from this vital work which allows our City to properly function."
The hydrant on the affected portion of Hoosick Street is leaking, causing water to flow onto Hoosick Street. Though water main breaks can also result in water pooling on streets and roadways, the water main in this case is not broken. Repair will involve replacing the hydrant's connection to the water system and internal shutoff mechanisms.
The fault in this hydrant was brought to the point of failure during routine flushing of the fire hydrant system. The fire hydrant system is "flushed" annually to clear the water pipes serving them of any debris and test for faulty hydrants. Flushing starts at the John P. Buckley Water Treatment Plant in Lansingburgh and progresses south.
Commuters should expect to encounter roadwork in the area and are encouraged to seek alternate routes of travel if possible.