Ding Dong, the old water main is dead! Today, the Contractor completed the final water main tie-in so all of the old water main on Lakeshore Drive is now out of service. All homes and businesses on Lakeshore Drive are connected to the new water main and the new main is tied into all points of the City’s water distribution network now. There should be no further interruptions in water service for the duration of the project. Storm drain pipes and structures were also installed/replaced this week and the decorative wall at Ruddiman Creek has the base concrete poured. The contractor is now cleaning up the site for the long Labor Day Weekend. No work is planned for tomorrow, Saturday, August 31, 2019.
Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 2, 2019:
No work will take place on Labor Day. Work will resume the morning of Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The old 24” diameter water main in Lakeshore will be removed from McCracken to Addison
Storm drainage pipe and structures will be installed throughout the project on the south side of the road
The concrete base for the sign walls near Frisbee will be poured
Below is a picture of an old wooden water main that was removed when water services were installed between Mann and Torrent this week. We estimate this water main pre-dated the water main that we are removing which goes back to 1890. This wooden water main pipe likely last saw water passing through it before Teddy Roosevelt was president. This is also an example of the old infrastructure in the ground on this project that needs to be removed to make way for the new infrastructure.
The contractor is working hard to get both directions of traffic open as soon as possible which is anticipated in late September. All construction is planned to be complete in November, 2019.