Underground utility construction began in the fall of 2020. Groundwater infiltration into the drilling pits for the new water line presented a challenge due to volume of groundwater and contamination in the water from an old leak by an underground fuel tank. Public Works, the Water Department, HEB (the City’s engineering consultant) and Evroks Corp. (the General Contractor) worked together to modify the water main and sewer design in order to minimize the volume of contaminated groundwater that we will have to deal with during installation of the utilities. Public Works and HEB also worked with our environmental engineering consultant, Loureiro and the EPA to develop another simpler method for handling any contaminated groundwater.
A planned bridge closure is from Monday, October 18 to Friday, November 19. The plan is to maintain two lanes of traffic during the utility construction until the bridge is closed. When the bridge is closed, it will be closed to all vehicles moving in either direction. West-bound traffic will be able to travel as far as the Budget Gas Station at 280 Court Street. East-bound traffic will be able to travel as far as The Party Store at 292 Court St. Pedestrians will be rerouted to walk along the WOW trail.
Contact Krista Larsen, Assistant Public Works Director, at 528-6379 or KLarsen@laconianh.gov with any questions.