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Aqua replacing water main on Gay Street

Week of March 11, 2019

West Chester PA -- Aqua Pennsylvania has completed the installation of 1,014 feet of new water main on the two-block section of Gay Street between Matlack and High streets. The existing Gay Street detour will be moved from between Matlack and High streets to a one-block detour between High and Church streets starting March 22 where Aqua will replace 533 feet of old water main representing the last leg of the project. Work in this area is expected to be completed in April at which time Aqua will coordinate with PECO to complete sidewalk restoration and paving.    

The new 8-inch ductile iron pipe has been properly chlorinated and crews have completed the transfer of 37 new service lines between Matlack and Walnut streets. The remaining 12 service lines between Walnut and High streets are expected to be completed by March 15 (weather permitting), at which time the entire service line installation in the two-block section between Matlack St. and High St. will also be complete. -- Aqua
Open for Business

Construction or not, downtown West Chester is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Sidewalks are open, and construction takes place between 7am and 4pm, Monday through Friday, (weather permitting). The street is open to traffic at all other times.

Many businesses are offering FREE two-hour parking vouchers at the Bicentennial and Chestnut Street garages, which are easily accessible. See parking validation information and instructions here.

See businesses that are offering free parking:

The Medpark lot at Wells Fargo Bank has an entrance on Walnut Street between Market & Gay streets during active construction times.


Two crews of contractors are working to replace the water main on East Gay Street between Matlack and High Streets. Additionally, the intersection of Walnut and East Gay is closed due to construction.

As a result, East Gay Street is closed to vehicular traffic between Matlack and High streets and there is no thru traffic on Walnut Street between Chestnut and Market Streets.

  • $600,000 capital investment in new infrastructure
  • Increase reliability and minimize future risk of main breaks
  • Existing 8", 6" and 4" cast iron pipe
  • Installed circa 1887, based on available records

A site manager is on-site at all times to address any issues with impacted property/business owners.

Questions can be directed to the on-site manager, Holly, or to:
Malcolm Johnstone, Executive Director
West Chester BID
137 North High St
West Chester PA 19380



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