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Chilled water pipe leak leads to pedestrian bridge repairs  


UNK’s pedestrian bridge has been under minor construction due to a small  leak in a chilled water pipe that was spotted last fall.

Midland contracting began repairing the leak at the beginning of this week.

“We identified a small leak on one of our chilled water lines in that area,” said Michael Cremers, director of facilities management and planning at UNK. “In preparation for the spring and summer – when we are going to need cooling – we are trying to get that repaired now so it’s ready when we are when it gets warmer.”

The leak was identified last fall, but the chilled water lines weren’t in use over the winter. Those water lines sat idle, so it wasn’t a concern at that time.

While those water lines weren’t in use, the new pipes needed to repair the leak had to be ordered and manufactured because specialty piping UNK uses, Cremers said.

Midland contracting was fixing another chilled water line in lot 11 recently, so once they were finished with that one, they moved to the pedestrian bridge.

Cremers said it may only take about two weeks to complete the repair.

“Hopefully it’s a pretty standard repair, and we’ll be back up and running soon,” Cremers said.

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