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The original item was published from 7/19/2023 11:45:44 AM to 7/21/2023 9:50:00 AM.

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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] North Main Street Area Water Shut Off 07/20/2023

A large area shutdown is being set up to happen on the morning of Thursday July 20th. North Main Street from the Clark Avenue intersection South to, and including Dexter Street needs to be shut down around 7AM in order to install some valves in the water main to tie in the new piping into the existing piping so that it can be put into service. This will also include Lincoln Avenue, Logan Avenue, and Mechanic Street North of the Winter Street intersection. Winter Street, between North Main Street and Mechanic Street will also be shut down for tie in to the new main on North Main Street. This shutdown needs to be done in order to cut in new water main valve clusters at Dexter Street and Lincoln Avenue at their North Main Street intersections. The holes for these tie ins will be pre-dug and road plated on Wednesday the 19th to speed up the process. It is hopeful that the actual cut in of these valves will be fairly quick, as they are already pre-assembled and ready to drop into place, but the recharging of the water mains will take quite a bit of time, and will cause a lot of discoloration and air in the system. We do anticipate this to run into the early evening for some areas. This is unfortunately unavoidable. It was not uncommon for the system piping of this age to have been installed with very few valves for isolation. Thankfully, large scale projects such as this are considered 100 year projects, and we are currently replacing pipe from 1892. This day of inconvenience will be setting up the ability for future events to have far smaller areas of impact for future work, and I hope that the general public can appreciate that and have patience and understanding through the process.


 

This large shutdown date was contingent upon the section of pipe between Winter Street and Dexter Street meeting their needed criteria of passing necessary tests for our acceptance of their use...and this key factor is what has caused the short notice for the actual shut down date, and we do apologize for that. The actual scheduling is set by the contractors, and we are reacting to notify as quickly as possible in the given situation. Dexter Street will be getting fed from the new water main once the tie in occurs. The multiple tie ins are being scheduled together to make for just one large scale shutdown instead of multiple shutdowns and water quality disruptions, and again, is at the discretion of the contractor with our cooperation. We announced at last weeks Selectboard meeting that this event was tentatively scheduled for this week. This was done in an attempt to let the general public hear that this was scheduled to happen in the coming week. Unfortunately, actual individual public notification for this could not happen until the date was conclusively solidified, which just happened this morning.  Cards and copies of this message are being hung on the door of every effected customer.
 

Our apologies for the short notice that the given situation has warranted. This is the most complicated logistical part of the whole project, and we are VERY close to having it completed.

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