WHO:   Effective Monday, Aug. 20 South Main Street will be closed to thru traffic; Monday and Tuesday at the Reservoir intersection and from Wednesday on, for the removal of the old abandoned water main and excavation for reconstruction in the first block of South Main from Boone's Lick to Barbour Street.

The contractor, R. V. Wagner, will begin excavating and placing roadway base rock on the street within two days (Wednesday 8/22, Thursday 8/23).  The recycled brick paver placement will follow rocking the street; it is anticipated the contractor will lay 40 to 50 feet of street per day.  At that rate, it will take approximately 15 days to lay the brick between Boone's Lick and Barbour Street.

WHAT:   In an effort to enhance the historic nature of the neighborhood, the existing brick paver street will be removed, cleaned, and re-laid on a new structurally sound base.  This work must be done by hand and will be very labor intensive.

The contractor will work with local residents and business owners on providing access during the construction period.  Given perfect working conditions and no unforeseen issues arising, Public Works staff members estimate the first block - Barbour to Boone's Lick - to be complete by Friday, Sept. 14.  Work will continue to progress southward towards Reservoir on a block-to-block basis, thereafter.

WHERE &     South Main Street/Boone's Lick to Reservoir - intersection closure
WHEN:         Starting Monday, Aug. 20 (weather permitting)

ALSO:   The related water main installation is on pace, given the new main has been laid up to the termination point at Reservoir Ave.  Once testing is complete today (Aug. 14), Public Works will be able to switch over the last remaining service at the Country Inn & Suites.  From there, excavation at the intersection of South Main and Reservoir begins on Monday in an effort to complete the tie-in to the existing water system (Monday night - 10p-6a).  The Water Division will coordinate with the contractor for related shutdown and tie-in, and provide notices to residents within the outage area.  All residents and businesses within the project limits will not be affected since they will have already been connected to the new water main in service.

For more information about this project, contact Stephen Noonan, P.E., senior project manager in the department of Public Works, at 636-949-3237.