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This project will replace deteriorating waterlines that were installed in the 1930s and 1940s. Approximately 5,700 feet of waterlines within the North Elizabeth Street area will be replaced. Also, existing water meter boxes will be upgraded to current standards. The project will be paid for by previously authorized capital improvement program (CIP) funds. Waterline construction is anticipated to last approximately 12-18 months.
Construction will not occur on private properties; however, there will be pedestrian, traffic, and noise impacts throughout the North Elizabeth Street area during construction. The city’s contractor will be required to maintain access to residences and businesses at all times, though on-street parking and pedestrian access may be obstructed due to the work area or traffic detours.
All property owners will be notified in advance of construction near their property; this includes any planned water service disruptions. Sound levels near active construction areas are anticipated to range between 70 and 90 decibels. Due to traffic control constraints, it may be necessary to conduct some work in high-traffic areas during weekend hours.
Due to the many existing utilities located beneath the roads in the project area, the installation of the proposed waterline will require lane and/or road closures to expedite construction. In some portions of the project area, construction will take place during weekend hours in order to minimize traffic, pedestrian, and bus impacts. Weekend work will allow the contractor to complete work that requires road closures while minimizing the impacts to traffic and nearby businesses. Sound levels near active construction areas are anticipated to range between 70 and 90 decibels.
In addition to other notifications, signage will inform and direct property owners, residents, and visitors in the North Elizabeth Street area regarding detours, changes in traffic patterns, and access issues throughout construction. Disturbed areas along roadways and sidewalks will be repaved, and lawns will be graded and reseeded at the end of the project.
Once the project enters the construction phase, existing water meters in the project area will be reconnected to the newly installed waterlines. It is possible that customers will be without water for a short duration (typically a few hours) while this transition takes place. Property owners will be notified in advance regarding any planned service disruptions.