St. Charles water main project to stretch into fall
The city of St. Charles said Tuesday that its water main project on North Fifth Avenue has been delayed due to the scope and complexity of the project, weather delays and unforeseen circumstances.
The project had been scheduled to be completed in September; completion now has been pushed back to later this fall.
“This project is vital to maintaining safe and reliable service to residents,” Director of Public Works Peter Suhr said. "We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your continued patience."
The project includes replacement of 5,400 feet of water main, along with auxiliary items such as fire hydrants, valves and vault boxes. Also being replaced are water mains on Iroquois Avenue between North Fifth and Third avenues and on Allen Lane between North Fifth Avenue east to the dead end.
These sections have a history of water main breaks, therefore, the project will improve reliability in these areas.
The water main is being installed by a process call directional boring and fusing which greatly reduces the amount of open trenching and excavation. The process also enables the contractor to keep both lanes of traffic open while construction was not being performed, with minimal lane closures during the work day.