Work to replace water mains along Dempster Street from Asbury to Fowler avenues in Evanston starts next Monday and will continue through the end of June.

The project will replace the existing deteriorated six-inch water main with new ductile iron pipe. From Dodge to Asbury Avenues, water services will be transferred from the existing six-inch main to an existing 12-inch main. This project is part of the City’s continuous program to renovate and improve the water distribution system throughout the community. Funding for the project will come from the City’s Water Fund.

The work will require temporary work zone traffic control lane reductions at times. Construction zone daytime “No Parking” restrictions will be intermittent throughout the duration of the project, with signage posted at least 48 hours prior to the start of any work. Evening and nighttime parking, from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., may be unavailable at times.

Street sweeping and neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone when temporary daytime “No Parking” restrictions are in effect. The City will attempt to minimize any inconveniences for abutting businesses and residents.

Property owners are reminded that any sprinkler systems should be identified and marked with a flag prior to the start of construction to prevent damages.

Beginning in July, Dempster Street from the North Shore Channel to Ridge Avenue is scheduled to be resurfaced by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The contractor for the water main project is A. Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc., 1900 Wright Blvd., Schaumburg. The project will be monitored by the city’s Engineering and Infrastructure Division. For questions or concerns, please contact resident engineer Angeleo Alonzo at 847-980-3402.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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