LOMBARD – Beginning this summer and continuing through the fall, improvement work of the water main system along Roosevelt Road will be completed.
The project, expected to begin in June, will extend from Finley Road to Fairfield Avenue. Most of the water mains along this stretch of land are betwen 20 to 50 years old, and there have been several breaks during the past years that motivated the village to plan this project.
To complete the project, contractors will use a "cured-in-place" technique, according to a news release from the village. This process has previously been used to repair storm and sanitary sewers, but is new technology for water mains.
For this process, sections of the water main will be taken out of service and an epoxy impregnated liner will be inserted into the main. A temporary, above-ground water main will be used to continue water service while the liner is cured, using heated water. The repaired water main will then be reconnected to the system.
Using this process will reduce the need for excavation work to access and rehabilitate the water mains, according to the release. Digging will not be done along the entire main, but is still necessary about every 500 feet, at fire hydrants or at large water services.
This project will necessitate full-time closures of the outside, westbound lane on Roosevelt Road, because of the location of the existing main. Current plans will limit the distance of any closure to about 2,000 feet.
There also will be some closures, detours and reroutes on the side streets connected to Roosevelt Road.
Construction is expected to begin in June and will continue into the late fall of 2013. A second phase of the project will be done in the summer of 2014 to reline the water mains from Fairfield Avenue to the village's eastern boundary at Wisconsin Avenue.
More information will be made available after the village has selected a contractor and a work schedule has been set.
For more information about the project, call the village's Public Works Department at 630-620-5740.