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