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City of Rockford - Summit Avenue & 12 Mile Road: Water System Improvements

Important Information

This project is being constructed to provide municipal water service to area residents impacted by PFAS contamination.

Access/Traffic Control: Access to driveways within the project area will be maintained to the extent possible. When the water main work is happening, driveways will be closed and restored with temporary road gravel by the end of the work day. Permanent driveway restoration will require additional driveway closures at the end of the project.  Please contact the contractor listed below if you have a special need for driveway access accommodations during these periods.

Mail: To facilitate mail service, Dean’s Excavating will coordinate with you and the Post Office and may temporarily relocate your mailbox to a central location.

Garbage Pick-up: Normal trash pickup schedules will continue. When construction work hinders access, Dean’s Excavating will transport trash containers to an accessible location and return them to the property.

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Contact

Prein&Newhof will have personnel on site during construction on behalf of the City of Rockford.

Steve Oosting
Project Manager
(616) 432-6736

Jeremy Kamp
Project Engineer
(616) 432-6709

Michael Anderson
On-Site Contact
(630) 303-1803

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Contractor: Dean’s Excavating
Nate Wall
Office: (616) 636-5524
nate@deansexcavating.com

City of Rockford
Dan Apkarian
Director of Public Services
(616) 866-1537
dapkarian@rockford.mi.us

water map

Progress Report:

Dean’s has made good progress on installing water main between Northland Drive and the White Pine Trail over the last two weeks. Dean’s worked with the City of Rockford earlier this week to pressure test and disinfect the first section of new water main. Dean’s plans to complete the connection to the existing water main at 12 Mile and Northland on Friday. Water service installation is scheduled for the first section of main near the east end of 12 Mile. Dean’s will pause water main installation until they can install the water service stubs toward each house.

Midwest Trenchless has been making progress on the horizontal directional drill under the Rogue River. The HDPE water main (black pipe) has been fused together along the side of 12 Mile Road. Midwest Trenchless has successfully drilled their pilot bore from the west side of the river to Serenity Shores. It is anticipated that it will take a week of reaming to open the pilot hole to a large enough diameter to be able to pull the pipe through. Midwest Trenchless will continue to work on opening the drill hole over the next week.

Construction will begin again along 12 Mile Road later this week.

12 Mile Road will be closed to through traffic between Northland Drive and Edgerton Avenue starting Thursday, March 28. The posted detour route will be Northland Drive to 13 Mile Road to Edgerton Avenue. 12 Mile Road is anticipated to be closed through middle of May.

Dean’s Excavating will begin stump grinding and topsoil stripping later this week. Dean’s will begin to install water main along 12 Mile Road at Northland Drive beginning next week. Midwest Trenchless Services will also be mobilizing to the site later this week to begin the Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) under the Rogue River at Summit Avenue. The HDD work is anticipated to last about three weeks.

Progress Report:

Over the last couple of months, the private water service contractors have made great progress installing water service lines into individual houses and abandoning existing drinking water wells. See map above for the progress that has been made. Only a few houses along Summit Avenue remain to be connected.

Dean’s Excavating plans to be back on site along 12 Mile Road beginning the first week of April. This first week they will move equipment on site and start setting up for construction. They will be assembling the HDPE pipe in preparation for the directional drill under the Rogue River. Tree stumps will be ground and topsoil removed in preparation for water main construction to begin the following week. Dean’s horizontal directional drill (HDD) subcontractor, Midwest Trenchless, will begin the directional drill work at the Rogue River the second week of April, and Dean’s will begin installing water main along 12 Mile Road from Northland Drive to the west.

There may be temporary driveway impacts for houses north of 12 Mile Road, but Dean’s will work with you to limit these impacts as much as possible.

The new water main along 12 Mile Road should be ready for water service connections beginning in early May. If you have not already lined up the private side work with one of the three preapproved contractors, it is recommended that you do this as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the private water service installation, please call Jeremy Kamp with Prein&Newhof at (616) 432-6709.

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating install the sampling station near 12 Mile Road. A concrete pad will be poured around the sampling and flushing stations next week.
  • Dean’s will be back on site next April to begin work along 12 Mile Road.
  • Private side water service work has begun. Homeowners should reach out to the general contractor they selected and coordinate a time for the installation of the water service on their private property.

 

Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating completed water service stub installation along Summit Avenue.
  • All water services along Summit Avenue are now available for connection. Homeowners may coordinate with the contractor they selected to complete the work on private property and schedule a date for the water service installation into the house. If there are any questions about this process, please call Jeremy Kamp with Prein&Newhof at (616) 432-6709.
  • Dean’s completed the installation of an automatic flushing station near 12 Mile Road. This station will periodically allow for water to be flushed into the ditch from the water main which will reduce the amount of manual hydrant flushing for the City of Rockford Water Department staff.
  • Dean’s completed the remaining restoration work along Summit Avenue and began removing equipment from the site for the winter.

 

Next Week:

  • Depending on the weather, Dean’s may install a sampling station on the water main near 12 Mile. The deliver of this station is currently pending and installation of it will be weather dependent. The station will allow the City of Rockford Water Department staff to take water quality samples more easily from the water main.
  • Dean’s will finish any last minute clean up and wrap up the site for the winter.
  • Private side water service work is anticipated to begin next week. If you do not already have a contractor lined up to run your free water service into your house, we recommend that you do so in the coming week. You may schedule this work with your contractor ASAP.

 

Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.

 

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating installed water service stubs north of Wrens Way the first half of the week.
  • Dean’s continued project clean up this week.
  • Paving took place for the remaining driveways and private drive approaches.
  • Dean’s and the City of Rockford pressure tested and disinfected the last section of water main south of 12 Mile Road.

 

Next Week:

  • Dean’s will install the remaining water service stubs on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Dean’s will finish lawn restoration and clean up along Summit Avenue for the year.
  • Depending on the weather, Dean’s plans to wrap up construction for this year by the end of next week.

 

Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating completed installation of water service stubs up to Wrens Way.
  • Dean’s continued 12-inch water main installation along Summit Avenue and will be installing the last water main for 2023 today (Friday). The water main will end just south of 12 Mile Road and be completed down 12 Mile Road next spring.
  • Concrete curb was poured at Tradewind Drive.
  • After repairing a leak last Friday, Dean’s and the City of Rockford successfully pressure tested and disinfected the next section of water main north of Wrens Way.

 

Next Week:

  • Dean’s will pressure test and disinfect the last section of water main up to 12 Mile Road.
  • Dean’s will install water services on the next section of water main north of Wrens Way Tuesday/Wednesday.
  • Driveway and road patch paving is scheduled for middle of next week.

 

Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating continued 12-inch water main installation between along Summit Avenue and is nearing 12 Mile Road.
  • Dean’s attempted to pressure test the next section of water main north of Wrens Way Court and determined there is a leak in the pipe.
  • Dean’s is looking for the leak today (Friday) and will repair it after the leak has been located.
  • Dean’s had a second crew on site this week working on restoring the roadside where the water main was installed.

 

Next Week:

  • Dean’s will work on installing water service stubs toward each house between Whirlwind Drive and Wrens Way Court the first half of next week.
  • Dean’s will go back to installing water main toward 12 Mile Road end of next week after water service installations have been completed.
  • Concrete curb is tentatively scheduled to be poured at Tradewind Drive.

 

Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating completed 12-inch water main installation between Tradewind Drive and Wrens Way Court. Dean’s continues to install water main north of Wrens Way Court today (Friday) after being rained out yesterday.
  • Dean’s completed the stream crossing and associated restoration just south of Wrens Way Court middle of the week.
  • Concrete curb and gutters were replaced at Whirlwind Drive as well as one concrete driveway.
  • The road patch in Summit Avenue and Whirlwind Drive was paved as well as some of the asphalt driveways south of Tradewind Drive.

 

Next Week:

  • Dean’s will continue to install water main along Summit Avenue north of Wrens Way Court.
  • Dean’s will pressure test and disinfect the next section of water main between Whirlwind Drive and Wrens Way Court. You can expect to see a lot of water coming out of fire hydrants next week, even if they are unattended. Do not be alarmed, this is completely normal.

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating connected the first section of new water main to the existing water main at 11 Mile Road after successfully testing the water main between 11 Mile Road and Whirlwind Drive last week.
  • Dean’s replaced some storm sewer culverts that had to be removed for water main construction.
  • Dean’s installed water service stubs between 11 Mile Road and Whirlwind Drive.
  • Private water service contractors began submitting quotation forms for the private water service work on Summit Avenue. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Jeremy Kamp – (616) 432-6709.
  • Dean’s moved back to water main installation at Tradewind Drive today (Friday).

 

Next Week:

  • Dean’s will continue to install water main between Tradewind Drive and Wrens Way Court.
  • Dean’s will install water main across the unnamed stream between Tradewind Drive and Wrens Way Court and restore this area.
  • Some concrete curb and driveway work is scheduled for early next week.
  • Once the water main is installed north of Wrens Way Court Dean’s will begin pressure testing and disinfecting the next section of pipe.

 

Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.