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New Phase of 'Massive' Sewer Project on N. Harlem Ave. Set to Start

By Heather Cherone | February 11, 2015 5:38am
 City crews will replace the 75-year-old sewer under Talcott Avenue as part of a $7.6 million project.
City crews will replace the 75-year-old sewer under Talcott Avenue as part of a $7.6 million project.
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NORWOOD PARK — The next phase of a $7.6 million project to replace the sewer under Talcott Avenue is expected to start Wednesday, Ald. Mary O'Connor said.

The project will replace 12-inch sewer mains with significantly larger pipes in an effort to prevent nearby homes from flooding, O'Connor said.

Crews are set to begin the installing the new 60-inch sewer across the intersection of North Harlem Avenue and West Talcott Avenue, O'Connor said.

That will require traffic on the west half of the intersection to be diverted while work is completed on the east half and vice-versa. Traffic on North Harlem Avenue in both directions will be maintained at all times, O'Connor said.

During the first part of the next phase of the project, southbound traffic will be prohibited from turning left at Harlem and Talcott avenues, while northbound traffic will be prohibited from turning left and right, O'Connor said. 

Traffic from North Nina Avenue will only be allowed to go east on Talcott Avenue, O'Connor said. 

Eastbound and westbound traffic on Talcott Avenue will be detoured around the construction at Harlem Avenue, O'Connor said. 

With work nearly complete under the intersection of West Bryn Mawr Avenue and North Neva Avenue, drivers should be able to use West Bryn Mawr Avenue again this week, O'Connor said.

Some lanes will be closed as workers install new utility lines and replace the street's concrete base, O'Connor said. 

Once the weather warms up, new sidewalk ramps will be installed to allow those in wheelchairs to get around and the intersection will be repaved along with North Neva Avenue, O'Connor said.

The work near Talcott and Harlem avenues is anticipated to last through March, depending on the weather, O'Connor said.

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