WEST POINT, N.Y.--The Department of Public Works has closed Merritt Road to conduct new water main installation. The process will be completed in three phases with an anticipated completion time of the end of September.Due to tuberculation, a buildup of minerals in the water distribution system, old pipes will be removed to prevent corrosion and remove sediments from the distribution system.The first phase will take approximately six weeks to complete and will take place on Merritt Road from Catholic Chapel Service Road to Connor Road.The second phase will occur on Merritt Road from Connor Road to Buckner Hill Road, and the third phase will occur on Merritt Road from Buckner Hill Road to Alexandria Place.During this water system upgrade, residents are expected to experience only one day of water turn-off after the third phase to reset the new system.Commuters can use Washington Road as an alternate route for travel while Merritt Road is closed for the first phase. One lane of traffic will be open to commuters during phases two and three.DPW will continue to update the West Point community on phase completion, alternate driving routes and how to facilitate water main system reset after project completion.Updates will be posted to the West Point Garrison and Community Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USAGWestPoint/.