Week 3 of construction is nearly complete and the improvement process is continuing nicely on Sherman Boulevard. Please remember that Sherman Boulevard is closed to thru traffic. Please use side streets to get to your home or business to reduce traffic on Sherman as much as possible for the safety of the construction workers.


Work completed this past week:

  • New water main connections were completed at 8th and 9th Streets and roughly 50 feet of water main was installed for these connections to improve drinking water reliability and fire protection
  • Seven Storm manholes were removed and five were replaced.
  • 110 feet of new storm drainage pipe replaced
  • 40 feet of sanitary sewer pipe replaced
  • Underground work is not completed at Park, 9th, 8th and Maffett Streets.


Work Anticipated for the week of June 22:

  • Work is anticipated for tomorrow, Saturday, June 20.
  • Sanitary Sewer improvements will be made at 7th Street with new manholes on Monday
  • Replacement of more drainage and sewer infrastructure at 6th and 5th Streets
  • A new water main tap will be installed at Leahy and Sherman. This work may interrupt water temporarily for the customers on Leahy south of Sherman.
  • Deep excavations will begin east of Peck Street after the work at 7th Street is complete. This work will involve the middle of the road as well as bypass pumping of the sanitary sewer to maintain flows while work takes place. This work will take place for the next several weeks.
  • A 16-inch water main valve and hydrant will be replaced at the SW corner of Peck and Sherman. If all the existing valves in the water distribution system work properly, this work should not disrupt water service to any individual customers.


If your water is disrupted:

After drinking water is restored, we recommend you flush the water in your home starting at the lower floors and working your way up.  Run all the fixtures (sinks) with COLD water and flush toilets. If your water is discolored, it will clear up shortly by flushing the COLD water in a bathtub. Bathtubs typically do not have an aerator (screen) on the faucet and should not block any debris. If the water is cloudy, this is air trapped in the water and it will clear over time. If the water is reddish or brown, this is from iron inside the water mains and is not harmful and can be cleared up by flushing the water.

It is also recommended that you remove and clean any aerators on your sinks on a regular basis, even without construction. Please refer to this helpful notice from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) regarding flushing lines and aerators.  Lead service lines on Sherman Boulevard will be replaced during this project and those affected residences will receive further instructions after replacement of the lead service line.


Work Anticipated the week of June 29:

  • Continued work on the deep sewer manhole replacements between Baker and Howden
  • Water service line replacements