Water main replacement project completing crossings

Published 5:50 pm Friday, October 13, 2023

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Notable progress is being made on the Duke Street and Virginia Avenue Water Main Replacement Project, and Windsor Town Manager William Saunders shared an update with the Windsor Town Council during its Tuesday, Oct. 10, meeting.

He noted that the contractors have extended the new water main down Duke Street to its terminus at Wesley F. Garris Event Park.

The project is also requiring contractors to cut across streets.

Saunders said the Duke Street crossing was completed on Oct. 1, and the A Street crossing was done on Oct. 3 and 4.

“The Virginia Avenue crossing was scheduled for yesterday, Monday, Oct. 9,” Saunders said. “However, that was going to be impactful for a family on Virginia Avenue, so that crossing has been pushed back to Thursday of this week. So that will be a closure anticipated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.”

He indicated that following those crossings, the contractors will begin installation of the new main down Virginia Avenue.

Councilman Walter Bernacki said, “I know at one point in time you had mentioned that they were going to have to modify how they were doing some of the construction because of the supply chain. Is that still in effect, or have those items started coming in that they can work through that?”

Saunders said, “They haven’t really modified it because the parts that are backordered all are within the water meter box. So originally they were intending to run mains down both, do the crosses and the mains and get those charged and tested and then come back individually, yard by yard, and disconnect the old service and reconnect to the new service, house by house.

“So the materials aren’t in yet, but it hasn’t affected them yet because they’re just now starting to work on the second main,” Saunders added. “They haven’t gotten to the point where they’re buttoning all that work up and coming back to do the individual services.”

Bernacki then asked a couple broader questions about the project manager.

“The company that does the project management, Bowman (Consulting Group Ltd.), have they been giving us any regular reports or updates? Have there been any issues that they’ve had to address, or is everything going as planned?” he asked.

“Everything seems to be going well,” Saunders said. “We’re having good product from this contractor it seems.”