Important Information

Benton Charter Township is replacing a watermain along part of Napier Avenue from Plaza Drive to Pipestone Road. The project is scheduled from mid-July through the beginning of October. If you have questions or concerns, please contact any of the project representatives listed below.

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Engineer: Prein&Newhof

Steve Oosting, PE
(616) 485–5953
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Contractor: B&Z Company

Charlie Binger
(269) 363-0358
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Township Water Department

Mike Baldwin
(269) 925–7874
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Benton Charter Township – Napier Avenue Watermain Project

Progress Update

This week was the second full week of watermain installation. Watermain installation started at Plaza Drive (the west end of the project) and has now progressed to the Orchards Mall entrance across from Leeds Avenue. Approximately 1,000 feet of watermain has been installed to date, which is about 30% of the total 3,200 feet involved in the project.

There have been some challenges with underground utilities, including previously unknown water service lines discovered while digging and existing storm sewers found in need of repair. So far these discoveries have been resolved with relatively minor adjustments in the work and progress continues.

 

Up Next

During the next week, watermain installation will continue to the east along the south side of Napier Ave. Watermain installation will be continuing for several more weeks before reaching Pipestone Road (the east end of the project).

 

Progress Update

This past week was the first full week of watermain installation. Watermain installation started at Plaza Drive (the west end of the project). Watermain installation has progressed to just east of Berrien Avenue, in front of Care Dentistry. Approximately 500 feet of watermain has been installed to date, which is about 15% of the total 3,200 feet involved on the project.

 

Up Next

During the next week, watermain installation will continue to the east along the south side of Napier Avenue. Watermain installation will be continuing for several more weeks before reaching Pipestone Road (the east end of the project).

Construction Start

Construction on Napier Avenue began this week. Work crews have spent much of the week exposing and verifying numerous underground utilities that are expected to be encountered.

 

Watermain Construction

The new watermain will be installed along the south side of Napier from Plaza Drive to 300 feet east of Sorter Ave. At that location, the watermain will cross the road and continue along the north side of Napier to Pipestone Road. The project will also include new watermains crossing Napier at Downing, Leeds, and Berrien. Driveway approaches, curbs, and road pavement will be removed and replaced as necessary to install the watermain.

 

Water Service Connections

Water services are the lines that connect individual properties to the watermain. Most water service lines can be reconnected to the new watermain without any work inside your building. However, if your service line is part of the project and if it contains lead or galvanized pipe material, then it must be replaced all the way into the building. The project team will be working to verify service line materials in the coming months, and you may be contacted for an inspection.

 

Traffic and Access

Traffic on Napier will be maintained but reduced to a single lane in each direction. The work will progress through multiple stages, and lane closures will be rearranged from time to time. Intersecting streets with alternate access (Sorter, Downing, Whitney, and the entrance to Orchards Mall) will be closed at Napier.

Access to driveways and dead-end streets within the project area will be maintained to the extent possible. When temporary disruption to driveway access cannot be avoided, driveways will be closed during working hours with overnight access restored. Please contact the listed contractor if you have a special need for driveway access accommodations during these periods.

 

Water Outages

Most properties within a one block radius of the project will experience up to three temporary water outages lasting less than a full day each. The outages are necessary to make connections between the old and new watermains and for replacing water service lines. A member of the project team will attempt to notify affected properties the day before planned water outages.

 

Mail Service

Mailboxes along Napier will be temporarily removed to allow for excavation and promptly reinstalled to maintain mail service during the project.

 

Trash Pickup

Normal trash pickup schedules will continue. When construction work hinders access, the contractor will transport trash containers to an accessible location and return them to the property.

 

Grass Restoration

Grass areas disturbed for construction will be restored with topsoil and hydroseeding containing mixture of grass seed, fertilizer, and mulch. Property owners will be responsible for watering to promote growth of the new grass.