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Pipe work disrupts life on Blaker Road
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Mozingo Construction crews are on Blaker Road north of Service Road to install a 16-inch water line in the middle of the street. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

Residents along Blaker Road are feeling the disruption caused by the construction of a new water main down the middle of the street.

In April the council awarded a $1.7 million contract with Mozingo Construction to lay the new 16-inch line Service Road to Hatch Road. City Manager Toby Wells said that the project was high on the city's capital improvement projects list since it will connect north Ceres with the city's only above ground water reservoir at Blaker and Service. The project will help equalize pressure in the system and give those in north Ceres a stronger water pressure.

Work has started near Service Road and working its way north toward Highway 99. The work will bore under the freeway and extend to Richland Avenue.

In April 2014 the Ceres City Council agreed to spend some of the $15.3 million in bond proceeds from the state-exterminated Ceres Redevelopment Agency on the project. The lion share of the funds were allocated to a number of projects that will make Ceres both more shovel ready and enticing for new commercial development. The council gave top priority to finish environmental work and start design work on the Service/Mitchell/Highway 99 interchange. The $3.84 million project would allow the city and Caltrans to begin acquiring right of way and set the stage for the $100 million to $120 million project.