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138-Year-Old Water Main Being Replaced On Harrison On Near West Side

By Stephanie Lulay | May 11, 2016 6:22am
 Crews are installing new water main on Harrison Street.
Crews are installing new water main on Harrison Street.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — Westbound lanes of Harrison Street on the Near West Side are being shut down to replace 138-year-old water main.

Crews are routing the traffic to the eastbound lanes of Harrison Street while replacing the pipes between Halsted Street and Ashland Avenue. The water main will also be replaced on Morgan Street between Harrison and Congress Parkway and at the intersection of Ashland and Harrison.

In all, crews will install more than 6,200 feet of water main, ranging in diameter from 8 to 36 inches.

The project, which is being done in phases, should be complete by late November or early December, said Gary Litherland, spokesman for the Department of Water Management.

Harrison will be resurfaced during the project.

 Crews are installing a new water main on Harrison Street between Racine Avenue and Morgan Street.
Crews are installing a new water main on Harrison Street between Racine Avenue and Morgan Street.
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Officials said water service will be interrupted when services are switched between the old and new pipes.

Because of the narrowed lanes during construction, University of Illinois at Chicago is rerouting its campus shuttle. A map of the modified route is on the UIC Transportation Services website. 

Because rerouting will add time to travel between the east and west sides of campus, the east side shuttle will not operate this summer, and those buses will be added to the intracampus route, said Michael Landek, UIC executive associate vice chancellor for administrative services. 

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