EFFINGHAM, IL-(Effingham Radio)- The City of Effingham has contracted with B & T Drainage of Marshall, IL to replace the water main on Jefferson Avenue from the CNRR crossing to Third Street.
The work will involve a few days of preparation work by the contractor to locate all of the utilities which will involve cutting the pavement and hydro-excavating to expose the utility to get the precise location and depth.
Following the preparation work, the contractor will be cutting and excavating the pavement in various locations to directional bore the new water main.
By directional boring, the amount of street and parking area disturbed by construction will be greatly reduced.
Directional boring allows the water main to be installed by tunneling under the pavement rather than open trench excavation.
However, even with the directional boring, there will need to be areas, especially at the intersections and water service taps, where an open trench will be required to connect the water mains and the water service lines.
And yes, there will be times when your water service is interrupted and boil orders are issued.
Every effort will be made to provide advance notice of any service interruptions or boil orders; but as with any project, the unexpected can happen and if that is the case, you will be notified as soon as possible of any unplanned service interruptions.
B & T Drainage has completed a number of water main projects in the last few years for the City and has completed the work in a safe, expeditious, organized and professional manner.
The Engineering Department Staff will make every effort to keep everyone up to date on the progress of the project.
There will be driving lanes and parking lanes closed for periods of time but with the directional boring rather than the open trenching, the periods will be greatly reduced.
B & T Drainage is proposing to be onsite Wednesday, January 2 to begin work locating utilities.
The progress of the work will be discussed and every effort will be made to provide an update every Friday for the work proposed the following week.