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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Water main projects to begin on Monday, April 3

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Water main improvements on Michael Street and Gulley Street from Van Born Road south to I-94, and on Van Born Road from Telegraph Road to Gulley Street, are scheduled to begin the week of April 3, 2017.  Please review the following information.  If you have any further questions, please contact the parties listed below.  


What work is being done, and why?

In following through on the City of Taylor’s planning efforts to maintain and improve City infrastructure, water mains within your area are scheduled to be replaced with the City of Taylor Water Main Rehabilitation Program. The work will primarily involve a widely-used construction operation known as pipe-bursting, a trenchless method, whereby the existing main will be replaced with a new main in the same location.  In addition, there are a few locations where a new main will be placed through another trenchless method known as directional drilling.

This work will increase water flow and pressure; improve water quality; eliminate “spaghetti” service lines which run through backyards connecting the water service to adjacent streets instead of to the water main located in front; and, add more fire hydrants making the neighborhood safer.

What is the Project area?

The improvements scheduled for April thru June of 2017 include Michael Street and Gulley Street from Van Born south to I-94, and Van Born Road from Telegraph to Gulley Street.  

Who is doing the work?

The City of Taylor has contracted with Bidigare Contractors, Inc. to perform the water main construction project.  Wade Trim Associates, Inc., the Consulting Engineer for this Project, will be providing construction inspection oversight and construction engineering assistance.    

When will work start, and for how long?

Staging and water main pipe preparation is beginning this week, March 27, 2017.  Installation work on the streets is scheduled to begin the week of April 3, 2017, beginning with Michael Street, then Gulley Street and completing with Van Born Road.  The Contractor will be working Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Saturdays may be worked if time is lost due to weather.  A new water main will be installed and residents will have their water service connected to the new water main. The water main improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2017 unless weather delays keep the work from being completed by that time.

Will this affect my current water service?

Yes.  You may be without water service for one day between the anticipated hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. while the Contractor replaces the water main, connects the service lines to the new water main, and performs necessary testing.  Notification of necessary water shut-offs will be distributed the day before to the affected properties. Please note you will not be left without water service overnight.  

How will this affect my water?

The new water main and services will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the water being turned back on.  However the shutting off/turning on process may cause some reversal of flow in existing mains which will cause circulation of sediment in the existing mains.  This may cause a discoloration that is not harmful to you.  We advise residents to not use their washing machines and dishwashers until the water is clear to prevent any possible staining of personal property.

If discoloration occurs, the problem may be corrected by letting your cold water run for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until the discoloration goes away.  Also, remove and clean any filters you may have at faucets or connections to appliances as they will trap sediment and result in low flow or pressure until cleaned.

Will my street be closed?

During some of the work, it may be necessary to provide traffic control to allow cars to pass or to close a section of road to allow room for the Contractors equipment and work. Your driveway may also need to be temporarily closed to perform the water main replacement or service connection work.  Residents will be notified before their drive approaches are closed to allow the resident to move their vehicles to an alternate location until the work is completed and the drive approach is reopened.    

What about Police, Fire, and Rescue access to my home?

The Police and Fire Departments will be kept advised as to the location and status of construction operations.  Every effort will be made to maintain emergency access to your home even if your street is subject to traffic control.

Where will staging take place and construction materials be stored?

Construction staging and material storage will be on the east side of Westlake Street, in the City of Taylor Right of Way, from Van Born Road to I-94.  The area will be isolated with snow fencing, barricades and signs.  This area should not be used to access other properties.  

Equipment may be left on the street or in the immediate vicinity of excavation locations when crews are not working.

What about property restoration?

Restoration will be an ongoing process and completed as work in your immediate area is completed. Generally, when the water main work is complete, the Contractor will replace removed or damaged concrete, and restore the disturbed lawn areas by grading level and placing topsoil and seed.  This work is scheduled to be completed within one week after the water main work on your street has been completed.  All special items and landscaping that needs to be removed, or may be disturbed, to construct the new main or make service connections will be restored or replaced to “as before” condition by the Contractor, including existing irrigation systems.  Your cooperation in protecting these newly seeded areas will help promote the restoration process.

If a resident has any special items, such as furniture, trees or memorials, they are encouraged to personally remove these items from the work area and replace them after the work is completed.

Will I experience any disruption in other utility services during construction?

With any underground construction work, there is a risk of temporarily disconnecting utility services. If this occurs, the construction workers are usually aware of the problem. However, it would be a good idea to call Wade Trim at (734) 947-9700 and report any problem. Service will generally be restored the same day or as soon as possible.  Any disruption to your gas or electric should be immediately reported to your service provider (i.e. DTE Energy).

Who do I call if I have a question or problems come up during this project?

We encourage you to call our engineering consultant, Wade Trim, with all construction-related questions or concerns. You can call them at (734) 947-9700. Please ask the operator to direct you to the Construction Department and indicate that you are calling regarding the City of Taylor 2016 Water Main Rehabilitation Program.  If you feel that your problem has not been resolved, please feel free to call Mr. Greg Mayhew, City Engineer, at (734) 374-1473, or Mr. Dennis McDermott at (734) 374-1451.


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