Black Bridge construction starts Tuesday
The city is installing a 24-inch water main along Black Bridge Road between Mayfair Drive and Pontiac Drive to provide supplemental water to the northeast side and to improve the water system’s reliability in the event of a water main break or fire.
“It makes the northeast side stronger in the event of high demand,” said Public Works Director Carl Weber.
The city also will replace the crumbling median on Milton Avenue from Black Bridge Road to Mt. Zion Avenue.
Construction is being done in phases:
-- Phase 1: Black Bridge Road from Woodman Road to Milton Avenue will be closed from Tuesday through Monday, May 10. All lanes on Milton Avenue will be open.
-- Phase 2: Black Bridge Road from Woodman Road to Randall Avenue will be closed from Tuesday, May 11, to Monday, May 17. Only one lane in each direction on Milton Avenue will be open.
-- Phase 3: Black Bridge Road at Milton Avenue will reopen, but only one lane in each direction on Milton Avenue will be open from Tuesday, May 18, to Sunday, May 23.
-- Phase 4: Black Bridge Road from Milton Avenue to Randall Avenue will be closed from Monday, May 24, to Friday, May 28. Only one northbound lane on Milton Avenue will be open, but all southbound lanes on Milton Avenue will be open.
Construction is expected to take up to three weeks because the main is large and requires time to be filled, pressure tested and disinfected, Weber said. The project is complicated by the heavy traffic and crisscrossing underground utilities at the intersection of Black Bridge Road and Milton Avenue, he said.
“It’s as busy an intersection underground as it is above ground,” he said.
The city will post a detour route for motorists using Black Bridge Road. Officials are not posting a detour route for drivers on Milton Avenue but encourage them to use alternate roads.
“If you’re headed for a business along Highway 26, go ahead and use the roadway,” Weber said. “But if you’re just passing through … consider taking an alternate route.”
Officials said lane restrictions are near the intersection and access to businesses except those at the intersection should be largely unaffected. They said the landfill, compost site and recycling center should be accessed from Parker Drive.
Drivers in the area might encounter some delays as others slow down near the construction.