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Broadway Water Main Construction To Begin. What Can Residents Expect?


Photo credit: José M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

Last year, Broadway Ave. in Edgewater saw heavy construction due to the water main project that took over the East side of the street. The area experienced increased traffic due to sections of Broadway Ave. being reduced to one lane and various parking restrictions.

Now the West side of Broadway will have its turn. Starting April 4, 2016 construction will commence from Thorndale to Foster.

Alderman Harry Osterman will be holding an informational meeting tomorrow night, March 22 at 4 p.m. for all businesses and block clubs. It will be at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.  Representatives from the Department of Water Management and Joel Kennedy Construction will be on hand to describe the project and to answer questions. 

In an email from the alderman, he added that Broadway is also scheduled to be resurfaced from Devon Avenue to Foster Avenue once the water main is installed.

There are a total of five water main projects scheduled for Edgewater this year. Currently work is underway on Victoria Street between Clark and Ridge. Other expected projects will be on Wayne Avenue, from Early to Bryn Mawr; Hollywood Avenue, from Glenwood to Wayne; and Olive Avenue, from Clark to Glenwood. There is also an expected project on Ridge Avenue, from Clark to Broadway which could cause heavy traffic in the neighborhood.

These improvements are expected to help reduce flooding in adjacent properties and prevent the need for additional sewer infrastructure.

The Edgewater projects are part of a 10-year capital program the city’s Department of Water Management launched in 2012 to renew Chicago’s water infrastructure.

According to the City of Chicago’s 2016 Budget Overview, Chicago’s water and sewer system pipes are an average of about 85 years old. More than 2,500 miles of the system have been in place for 100 years, at least.

The project targets 880 miles of aging water mains for replacement, more than 250 miles of sewer mains for replacement and 490 miles of sewer mains for lining. The city aims to help conserve Lake Michigan’s water and protect water quality, decrease basement flooding risks by enlarging sewer mains, and reduce disruptions to the public from unplanned water and sewer main repairs.

This year, the Department of Water Management will continue to upgrade the water system by replacing and installing 90 miles of new water mains and 22 miles of new sewer mains. It will also line 53 miles of old sewers to extend their working life, the city’s budget overview said.

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