DIXON – Crews are continuing to replace the Depot Avenue water main, and digging work will begin next week under the railroad spurs.
The city’s water department has installed about 1,600 feet of the new 2,900-foot water main along Depot Avenue, a project for which the city budgeted $550,000. New connections were constructed between the new and existing mains as well as 15 new distribution valves and three new fire hydrants.
In October, the City Council approved a $104,156 contract for Cissna Park-based Sega Ag Works Inc. for boring and water main work under the Union Pacific railroad, and work is slated to start next week and last for about 2 or 3 weeks, weather permitting.
The water main work will continue as long as the weather allows, and crews will finish up in the spring.
Once the work is completed, the plan is to resurface the street in the summer from Third Street to Woodlawn Avenue as well as do sidewalk and curb improvements.
Another big water project this year was relining the Palmyra Street water main from Tile Factory Road to Fourth Avenue.
That stretch has been problematic for years with leaks, and it served as a pilot project to try out a circular line system rather than a dead-end line, creating a new 6 inch line running from the north side of Palmyra Street and a new 12-inch line at Fourth Avenue to connect the two mains.
The city budgeted $510,000 for the project, which included a $220,000 Community Development Assistance Program grant the city received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.