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        Water Main & Street Work to  Begin on July 15 on Clark, Austin & Keeney Streets

Starting July 15 for eleven weeks, the city will be contracting the water main replacement and street resurfacing CIP II project, which consists of three street segments on Clark, Austin and Keeney Streets. Parking restrictions will be required in order to complete the work. Any sprinkler system should be identified and   marked with a flag by the property owner prior to the start of construction   to prevent damage to the sprinkler system.

This project   includes replacement of the existing deteriorated water main with new ductile   iron pipe as well as replacement of the existing water services.

The street   resurfacing portion of the project involves curb replacement, as needed;   roadway base repair; replacement of asphalt surface from curb to   curb; and selected replacement of sidewalks and driveway aprons.

As part of this   project, the sidewalk on the west side of Chicago Avenue will be widened to   ten feet between Church Street and Clark Street. The water main work and   street resurfacing are part of the cty’s continuous program to renovate and   improve the water distribution system and roadways throughout the community.   The funding for the project will be from the city’s Water Fund and Capital   Improvement Fund.

The locations which   have been included as part of this contract, in sequence of   construction, are:
  • Clark Street (Orrington Avenue to Chicago Avenue)
  • Austin Street (Ridge Avenue to Custer Avenue)
  • Keeney Street (Hartrey Avenue to Dodge Avenue)

Construction will   begin the week of July 15 on Clark Street with the entire project expected to   be fully completed by the end of September. The actual date when construction   is planned for each street will be noted on the temporary NO PARKING signs   posted 48 hours prior to the start of work. The construction activities will   create some inconvenience for abutting residents, but workers will   attempt to minimize these inconveniences. Construction zone daytime NO   PARKING restrictions will be intermittent throughout the duration of the   project; evening and night time parking (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) will always   be available. Street sweeping and/or neighborhood parking restrictions will   be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone when temporary   daytime NO PARKING is in effect.

  The contractor for this street improvement program is A. Lamp Concrete   Contractors, Inc., 1900 Wright Boulevard, Schaumburg, IL 60193.

  The project is under the supervision of the City’s Engineering &   Infrastructure Division. The Resident Engineer in the field will be Brian   Frank, who will be directly responsible for all aspects of the construction.   If residents have any questions or concerns, they can contact the   Resident Engineer at 3-1-1. Questions about the street projects in general should   be directed to Sat Nagar, P.E., Senior Engineer, at 3-1-1.

Sewer Work Set to Begin July 22 on Prairie Ave.

The City of Evanston   Utilities Department has contracted with Insituform Technologies USA, LLC   (Insituform) to rehabilitate approximately 2,175 feet of 48” diameter brick   sewers on Prairie Avenue between Central and Grant Streets. The work will   take place in stages from July 22 to August 15, weather permitting. Parking   restrictions will be required in order to complete the work.

The rehabilitation   work includes installing a cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liner inside the   existing sewer main. When completed, there will be a new fiberglass pipe   installed within the old existing brick sewer. This process is generally less   disruptive and the work can be completed much faster than if the sewer were   excavated and replaced.

The resins used in   the lining process are not new. They are the same resins used in the   fiberglass industry for many years. These resins contain a chemical called   styrene that hardens when heated. Although styrene is not a pleasant odor, it   is not dangerous at the levels at which people can detect it. If a   resident smells the styrene while the contractor’s personnel are working   in the area, do not be alarmed. To help prevent the smell from occurring   in buildings and houses, pour a gallon of water into each basement floor   drain. This keeps the “trap” full and prevents sewer gases from coming into   the buidling/house. Because the water in the drain trap evaporates, this   practice should be done regularly.

The sewer segments   will be rehabilitated starting at Central Street and working south towards   Grant Street. In general, the contractor’s work area will be at the manholes   located on Prairie Avenue at the alleys mid-block between the east/west   streets. No parking will be allowed in and around each work area   for 2 to 3 days including nights. Residents are asked to please pay   particularly close attention to the city signs to minimize the impact to   traffic.

On each block, the   contractor will insert the liner through the manhole to rehabilitate the   sewer to the north and then the next day insert the liner through the manhole   to rehabilitate the sewer to the south. It will take approximately 16 hours   each day from the time they begin the installation of the liner until the   liner is fully installed. When the liner is inserted into the sewer main in   front of each property, it will seal the building/house sewer service   connections and prevent them from flowing into the public sewer. The   contractor will perform by-pass pumping of the sewer services as necessary to   prevent any sewage from backing up into properties. Once the liner is   completely installed, the contractor will cut the liner where the sewer   services are located, thereby reestablishing flow from each property to   the public sewer.

  This project will be monitored and inspected by the City of Evanston   Utilities Department. Please direct any questions to Mr. Mark Steinbuck,   Sewer Division Supervisor, 847/448-8219.