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City water main replacement a prelude to 2013 work

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Frank Schultz
September 4, 2012

What it is: A contractor dug up River Street between Court and McKinley streets last week to replace an old water main. River Street from Dodge to Court streets also was shut down.

Why? The state Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct and reconfigure the bumpy River Street from Court to Racine streets next year, so the department asked that the city perform any utility replacements this year, said Mike Payne, city engineering manager.

Who's doing the work? RT Fox Contactors of Edgerton.

How big a job is it? Workers dug through concrete pavement and removed an old 6-inch-diameter line and an 18-inch-diameter line, replacing them with a 12-inch-diameter line. They then paved over the top with blacktop that is expected to last until the street is reconstructed next year. The old cast-iron lines were replaced with ductile iron pipe.

What is the pipe for? It serves water customers west of the Rock River.

How much does this cost? About $100,000.

Who pays for it? Taxpayers. The city water utility will pay the bill through its 2012 note issue, which is a form of borrowing.

When will work be completed? Payne said last week that if all goes well, River Street would reopen today.

For more information: Call the city of Janesville Engineering Division at (608) 755-3166.



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