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Water main project closes Pierce Street

Pierce Street between 14 Mile and Lincoln is being reconstructed this summer, with water mains being replaced, some drainage improvements done and pavement replaced.


The first phase of the project, between 14 Mile Road and E. Southlawn, is beginning next week, late July, and will be substantially completed in September, weather permitting. Phase 2 is between E. Southlawn to Lincoln Road, with substantial completion by the end of October.


All restoration will be completed by the end of November.


The Pierce Street paving project will include the replacement of the water main, some drainage improvements, and the replacement of the paved surface with new asphalt. Prior to the start of construction, materials, equipment, and traffic signage/barricades are being delivered to the area.


Currently, Bird Avenue and E. Southlawn Avenue are closed at Pierce. Pierce is open for northbound traffic only between 14 Mile and Lincoln. Southbound traffic may use Edgewood or Henrietta (east and west of Pierce).


Driveway approaches will be removed and replaced as part of the project. Access to all driveways will be maintained throughout the project area. If the contractor is installing the water main in front of a property, access to the driveway may temporarily be blocked. Residents should give themselves extra time when leaving in these instances to allow for access to be restored by the contractor, according to the city.


Street parking will be limited to only overnight parking between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. All vehicles must be off the street by 7 a.m. to allow for construction activities.


During the project, residents within the project area along Pierce Street will temporarily lose access to drinking water when the new water main is connected to the existing water system, and when individual water services are connected to the new main. Residents will be notified a minimum of 24 hours in advance of this occurring.

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