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Posted on: October 9, 2017

Water main improvements scheduled for Ziegler, along with Jackson and Allen

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Water main improvements will be made beginning later this week on Ziegler Street from Goddard Road to Brest Road, with some additional localized work on Jackson Street and Allen Road.  The work will primarily involve a widely-used construction operation known as pipe bursting, a trenchless method, whereby the existing water main will be replaced with a new main in the same location. 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 see the  “Frequently Asked Questions” (at bottom) that has been prepared to summarize the process and assist in outlining what may be expected during the construction process.

Any additional questions may have can be directed to our consultant, Wade Trim Associates, at (734) 947-9700.  When you call, please request to be forwarded to the Construction Department in regard to the 2017 Water Main Rehabilitation Project for the City of Taylor.  Also, you can contact City Engineer Greg Mayhew at (734) 374-1473, or by email at gmayhew@ci.taylor.mi.us.  

What work is being done, and why? In following through on City planning efforts to maintain and improve City infrastructure, the water main on Zieger Street is scheduled to be rehabilitated in conjunction with the 2017 City of Taylor Water Main Rehabilitation Program.The work will primarily involve a widely-used construction operation known as pipe-bursting, a trenchless method, whereby the existing main will be replaced with a new main in the same location.  

What is the Project area? Weather and budget permitting, the improvements scheduled for the 2017 construction season include Ziegler Street from Goddard Road to Brest Road. There will also be localized service connection work performed along Jackson Street and Allen 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? Work will start late this week (October 9). New water main will be installed and property owners will have their water service connected to the new water main. The Ziegler Street water main improvements are anticipated to last approximately three to 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.  You may also experience a noticeable increase in pressure with the new water main.  It is recommended that you 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 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 whereby 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, restoration will be completed in one to three weeks thereafter.  

Who do I call if I have a question or problems come up during this project? 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 2017 Water Main Rehabilitation Program. If 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).

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