ELMHURST – Plans are in the works for the city of Elmhurst and Nicor to split the cost of completing emergency repair work to replace a water main pipe on Madison Street between Hawthorne Avenue and Spring Road.
A Public Works and Buildings Committee report will head to the Elmhurst City Council on Oct. 2 so that construction can begin as soon as Oct. 3, alderman and committee Chairman Jim Kennedy said.
"It seems like the right thing to do," he said.
A staff report brought before the committee Sept. 25 stated that "because Nicor could be at fault for some of these breaks, they have agreed to cover at least 50 percent of our costs and to provide final restoration of the pavement."
During Nicor's removal and installation of its gas main, nine breaks to the water main occurred on the block of Madison Street between Hawthorne and Fairfield avenues, and the 10th break occurred on Madison Street between Hillside and Fairfield avenues, City Engineer Kent Johnson said.
"When you disturb existing ground immediately adjacent to water mains, there's always a risk," Director of Public Works Howard Killian said.
Killian said there is a benefit to the city in that it will get a couple new hydrants and an 8-inch water main instead of a 6-inch water main, which will provide more flow and pressure for water users in the area.
After multiple meetings, Nicor and Elmhurst have reached a verbal agreement that the city will pay about $75,000, which includes the $25,000 cost of upsizing the water main pipe, Killian said.
He said he expects this will be the final agreement with Nicor, and the city is just waiting to get it in writing. Since the roadway is "torn up right now," the city wants to replace the piping while the road is still under construction, Killian said.
Gerardi Sewer and Water Company, the contractor for the project, has estimated the total cost of the project to be $250,000, according to the committee report.