Sewer repairs on Emerson Street will close a three-block stretch of Asbury Avenue starting Tuesday.
The project, which is scheduled to last through June 14, will insert cured-in-place lining into the five- and six-foot diameter sewer on Emerson between Ashland and Ridge avenues.
City officials say the only feasible place to locate equipment to do the work on Emerson is at a manhole in the middle of the Emerson-Asbury intersection.
So Asbury will be closed to all through traffic between Green Bay Road and Church Street. Local traffic on Asbury will be unable to turn onto Emerson or continue through the intersection and traffic on Emerson will be unable to turn onto Asbury.
Emerson will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction, with both lanes traveling on the north side of the street.
Since there will be no through traffic on Asbury, the traffic signal at the Emerson-Asbury intersection will be turned off so Emerson traffic can flow through the intersection at all times during the construction work.
Southbound truck and car traffic on Green Bay that normally turns off at Asbury to head east on Emerson will use two different detour routes.
Cars will continue south on Green Bay and Ridge and then east onto Church.
Truck will be detoured at Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard and routed onto McCormick to Emerson.
All vehicles coming south on Green Bay wanting to go south on Asbury past Emerson will continue south on Green Bay and Ridge and then west on Davis Street to Asbury.
A city news release doesn’t describe a detour route for vehicles coming south on Green Bay that want to go west on Emerson from Asbury.
Northbound Asbury traffic will be detoured east at Church to Ridge and then north on Ridge and Green Bay.
The nature of this work requires the contractor to work around the clock, seven day per week while the liner is installed. The liner will be installed in two set ups, from Asbury west to Ashland and then from Asbury east to Ridge. Each installation set up will take approximately four to five days to complete.
The city has contracted with Insituform Technologies USA, LLC to do the sewer work. It’s the same firm that has worked on numerous similar projects in Evanston. Officials say the sewer-lining process is faster and less disruptive than excavating and replacing sewers.
Persons near the work site are likely to notice an odor of styrene resin used to cure the sewer liner.
Officials say the odor, while not pleasant, is not dangerous at the levels present near the work site.
To help prevent the smell from entering buildings, residents can pour a gallon of water into each basement floor drain. This keeps the drain trap full and prevents sewer gases from coming into the building. Because the water in the drain trap evaporates, this practice should be done regularly.
This project will be monitored and inspected by the City of Evanston Utilities Department. Questions can be directed to Mark Steinbuck, sewer division supervisor, at 847-448-8219.