Next phase of downtown utility improvement starts next week

On Monday, Feb. 4, construction crews are scheduled to begin the next phase of the downtown utility improvements. Next week’s work will focus
on Main Street between Ordway and Washington.

Traffic will be maintained on Main Street but will be diverted to the west side of the street, so crews can perform the tie-in to the existing water line. After this work is complete, installation of the new water line will begin at Ordway Avenue and continue north on Main Street through the Lehman Avenue intersection.

Once the water line tie-in is complete, crews plan to install two crossovers from the east side of Main Street to the west side. It is anticipated that this work will occur on or near Feb. 11 and is scheduled to take place overnight to minimize traffic issues.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Main Street during the crossover installation. However, Ordway Avenue and Lehman Avenue will be closed during this time.

After the crossover piping is installed, the new water line will continue on the west side of Main Street and all traffic will be diverted to the east side of the street.

The city asks that motorists be mindful of intermittent lane closures and changes as this work progresses.

As released this past December, the construction within the downtown area will continue into much of 2019. This work includes replacing and repairing the water and sewer lines on Main Street from Oak Street to Ordway Ave and Wooster Street from Church Street to Prospect Street.

The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last through the spring.

Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown area.

The schedule outlined above is dependent on weather conditions and progress of work. Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

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