Crews working on water line in Gilbert’s Western Powerline Trail

Western Powerline Trail
A crew begins pipeline work at the Western Powerline Trail off Gilbert Road on Oct. 18. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

A crew begins pipeline work at the Western Powerline Trail off Gilbert Road on Oct. 18. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Contractor crews began work Oct. 18 on a water pipeline in the Powerline Trail on the west side of Gilbert Road off the roadway.

This activity, anticipated to be completed Oct. 28, was originally scheduled to be conducted during night hours as it would take place in Gilbert Road, but the work zone has been moved off the roadway, and Gilbert Road traffic should not be affected.

Gilbert’s contractor, Achen-Gardner Construction, is conducting the work to make needed repairs and improvements to Gilbert’s Zone 1 Transmission Main water line, which runs along the Powerline Trail.

The pipeline is part of Gilbert’s water infrastructure and varies in size from 24 inches to 48 inches in diameter. It conveys water from the North Water Treatment Plant to smaller distribution pipelines to serve the water needs of Gilbert residents and businesses.

Gilbert contracted with Black & Veatch to assess the pipeline’s condition and identify recommended repairs or upgrades. Gilbert also contracted with Achen-Gardner Construction to conduct work in various locations along the pipeline alignment to provide access for the assessment work and make any immediate recommended improvements.


Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2022. This work will be a moving operation in two phases along the pipeline alignment.

Beginning in November for one to two weeks, work will take place at Cooper Road.

Scheduled to begin in January, Phase 2 work will begin from west of Lindsay Road to the North Water Treatment Plant.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.