Starting the week of September 9th there will be two crews on the Commons. One crew will continue the installation of the new water main. The new water main is being assembled in 20’ sections from west to east on E State Street and will then continue in Bank Alley.

The second crew will begin work on the sanitary mains. The depth of the sanitary main ranges between 8’ and 11’ below the surface. The first step with the sanitary work will be to replace five manholes; one in Bank Alley and four on E State Street. This work will be begin in Bank Alley then move to E State St.  Once that work is complete two sections of the sanitary main will be replaced – one section is in front of the Race Office building and the second section is in Bank Alley.

The sanitary main that is not being replaced will be lined. This process is called cured-in-place pipe (CIPP). CIPP is one of several trenchless rehabilitation methods used to repair existing pipelines. CIPP is a jointless, seamless, pipe-within-a-pipe with the capability to rehabilitate pipes.

The construction site is very active with the replacing and upgrading of the utilities.  At any time pedestrians may be rerouted to one side of the Commons or asked to wait while construction vehicle(s) move through a pedestrian crossing. These disruptions will be temporary and should only last a few minutes. Individual crossings will be closed for longer periods of time when the water main is being installed under the crossings. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important work.

This is a great time to bring your children to the Commons to watch the large machines, the excavation and the installation of the new water and sanitary mains.

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