The contractor will work with car owners in planning work activities and alternate parking during the day. The contractor will be working in a limited area on your street at any given time.
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Generally the replacement or renewal of City or privately owned infrastructure, sewer lines, water lines, gas lines, roads, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
Projects must follow a master plan and are implemented as funding becomes available. The City holds several public meetings to inform residents in affected areas prior to the commencement of actual construction.
Most projects will take between 15 and 24 months. Due to the size of most projects, the contractor is required to complete projects one section at a time, completing one area of work prior to beginning construction in another area.
Curb and gutter is proposed to be installed in areas where there are pre-existing roadway drainage problems, and then only if funding is available.
Any streets disturbed during construction are repaved.
The contractor is required to maintain access to all homes. Some delays may occur. Emergency situations receive immediate priority.
Projects involve the use of large machinery. The contractor is required to limit the clearing of trees within the work area. Existing sewer lines were installed years ago. In many cases, vegetation has grown over these areas and may have to be removed for new construction.
The contractor is required to leave disturbed areas in as good or better condition than before construction. But unless previously approved, no trees are replanted.
Most of the time you will be able to use water normally in your home. However, some construction will involve the disconnection of your existing water and sewer connections. Whenever possible, you will be informed in advance as to when to expect these temporary outages.
These are merely marks indicating the location of existing utilities, as required of contractors by state law. The marks aid in the design of each project, and do not necessarily mean some type of construction will take place in those particular spots. Any remaining paint is generally cleaned off at the close of a project.
An easement is an agreement between multiple parties that allows for permanent use of the property, as shown or described, that allows one party to install a utility or gain access.
Heavy debris is removed and the trees are cut and stacked along the work area, remaining the property of the homeowner. If you do not want the trees from your property, the Contractor will dispose of them for you.
Equipment size will vary depending on the size and depth of the pipe being installed. The amount of clearing and excavation work will also depend on depth and size of pipe, but also subsurface conditions.
Some underground pipes are not severely broken but may suffer leakage from bad joints or cracks. A liner is a plastic sleeve, which is pulled into the pipe to seal it from any further leakage. This method doesn’t require the actual digging up of the line to install. It is however, more expensive.
Generally no. You will, if your private lines are in good condition, see an increase in flow volume. New water lines mean better fire protection for your area.
The contractor will close and temporarily fill all trenches or place barricades around open excavations. Equipment will be stored alongside the road if space permits or taken back to the lay-down area overnight. Construction sites are very dangerous! Please take extra precautions with small children or elderly residents. Do not allow any play around the sites.
Normally no. However, if blasting is performed within 250 feet of a structure, a pre-blast survey is performed at no cost to the owner. The survey will document any cracks or existing damage. We encourage the homeowner to be a part of the process to protect their interest as well as the contractor's. If you are feeling excessive vibrations, call the CSO Information Center at 847-7246 or contact the project superintendent. The City takes blasting very seriously and has developed strict policies for its use. All blasting is permitted by the Fire Marshall's office. Blasts are scheduled at the same time everyday, with warning signals that can be heard within the immediate blast area.
The contractor is required to have maximum amounts of insurance on file for each project. If a situation arises where some form of property damage occurs, a claim should be filed with the contractor and a copy filed with the City. This will ensure that the complaint is resolved in a professional manner.