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Water main improvements on Katherine Street from Haskell Street south to Wick Road are scheduled to begin the week of July 23, 2018. The work to be done between Mary Street and Wick Road will primarily involve a widely-used construction operation known as directional drilling, a trenchless method. At the block between Haskell and Mary, there will be new water service lines connecting to the existing water main line along the road. There will be localized excavation in yards to connect the service lines to the new main. These areas will be restored shortly after the work on the water main is completed. Please find attached a “Frequently Asked Questions” at the end of this announcement that has been prepared to summarize the process and assist in outlining what may be expected during the construction process.Any additional questions you may have can be directed to our consultant, Wade Trim Associates, at (734) 947-9700. When you call, please request your call to be forwarded to the Construction Department regarding the 2018 Water Main Rehabilitation Project for the City of Taylor. You may also contact City Engineer Greg Mayhew directly at (734) 374-1473. We look forward to working with you during this project as our efforts continue in infrastructure improvements throughout the City.What work is being done, and why?In following through on City of Taylor’s planning efforts to maintain and improve City infrastructure, water mains within your area are scheduled to be rehabilitated in conjunction with the 2018 City of Taylor Water Main Rehabilitation Program. The work to be performed is on Katherine Street between Mary Street and Wick Road.The rehabilitation will primarily involve a widely-used construction operation known as directional drilling, a trenchless method to install a new water main between Mary and Wick. Between Haskell and Mary, there will be new water service lines connecting residents on the west side of the street to the existing water main line along the east side of Katherine. This work will increase water flow and pressure; improve water quality; eliminate “spaghetti” service lines which run through backyards connecting the water service to adjacent streets instead of to the water main located in front; and, add a new fire hydrant making the neighborhood safer.What is the Project area?The limits of the work on Katherine Street are from Mary Street south to Wick Road. Who is doing the work?The City of Taylor has contracted with Bidigare Contractors, Inc. to perform the water main construction effort. Wade Trim Associates, Inc., our Consulting Engineers for this project, will be providing construction inspection oversight and construction engineering assistance. When will work start, and for how long?The improvements are scheduled to begin, weather permitting, the week of July 23. The contractor will be working 7-7 Mondays through Fridays. Saturdays may be worked if time is lost due to weather. New water main will be installed and property owners will have their water service connected to the new water main. The water main improvements are anticipated to be completed within four weeks pending any weather delays.Will this affect my current water service?You may be without water service between the anticipated hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. as the contractor replaces the water main, connects the service lines to the new water main, and performs necessary testing. Advance notification of necessary water shut-offs will be distributed to affected properties. Please note you will not be left without water service overnight. In the event this does happen, please call off-hour City assistance at the Taylor Police Department: (734) 287-6611 (Press 7).How will this affect my water?The new water main and services will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the water being turned back on. However the shutting off/turning on process may cause some reversal of flow in existing mains which will cause circulation of sediment in the existing mains. This may cause a discoloration that is not harmful to you. We advise residents to not use their washing machines and dishwashers until the water is clear to prevent any possible staining of personal property.If discoloration occurs, the problem may be corrected by letting your cold water run for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until the discoloration goes away. Also, remove and clean any filters you may have at faucets or connections to appliances as they will trap sediment and result in low flow or pressure until cleaned.Will my street be closed?During some of the work, it may be necessary to provide traffic control to through traffic or to close a section of road. Your driveway may also need to be temporarily closed to facilitate the water main replacement work. Property owners will be notified before their drive approaches are closed to allow the property owner to move their vehicles to an alternate location until the work is completed and the drive approach is reopened. What about police, fire, and rescue access to my home?The Police and Fire Departments will be continuously updated as to the status of construction operations. Every effort will be made to maintain emergency access to your home even if your street is subject to traffic control. Where will construction materials be stored? Water main materials will be stored in the right-of-way, in between driveways or near excavation locations. Additional materials may further be stored on private properties where the contractor has received the necessary approvals. Machinery will be left on the street or in the immediate vicinity of excavation locations when crews are not working.When will all restoration be complete?Restoration will be an ongoing process and completed as work in your immediate area is completed. Generally, when the water main work is complete, the contractor will replace removed or damaged concrete, and restore the disturbed lawn areas by grading level and placing topsoil and seed. This work is scheduled to be completed within one week after the water main work on your street has been completed. All special items and landscaping that needs to be removed, or may be disturbed, to construct the new main or make service connections will be restored or replaced to “as before” condition by the contractor, including existing irrigation systems. Your cooperation in protecting these newly seeded areas will help promote the restoration process.If a resident has any special items, such as furniture, trees or memorials, they are encouraged to personally remove these items from the work area and replace them after the work is completed.Who do I call if I have a question or problems come up during this project?We encourage you to call our engineering consultant, Wade Trim, with all construction-related questions or concerns. You can call them at (734) 947-9700. Please ask the operator to direct you to the Construction Department and indicate that you are calling regarding the City of Taylor 2018 Water Main Rehabilitation Program. f you feel that your problem has not been resolved, please feel free to call Mr. Greg Mayhew, City Engineer, at (734) 374-1473.Will I experience any disruption in other utility services during construction?With any underground construction work, there is a risk of temporarily disconnecting utility services. If this occurs, the construction workers are usually aware of the problem. However, it would be a good idea to call Wade Trim at (734) 947-9700 and report the problem. Service will generally be restored the same day or within a few days. Any disruption to your gas or electric should be immediately reported to your service provider (i.e. DTE Energy).SAFETY IS IMPORTANT! PLEASE BE READY TO USE CAUTION WHEN WALKING, JOGGING, BIKING OR DRIVING IN OR NEAR THE CONSTRUCTION AREA AND STAY AWAY FROM THE STAGING AND MATERIAL STORAGE AREA. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING UNSAFE, CONTACT US SO THAT IT CAN BE ADDRESSED.