Project Updates

Water Main Project: Multiple Streets, March 2017

In late March, the Department of Water Management’s private contractor will begin preliminary construction work at the intersection of Argyle and Keeler. Following, Department of Water Management in-house crews will install a new sewer main in:

  • Keeler (Argyle-Ainslie)
  • Ainslie (Keeler-Tripp)
  • Kenneth (Lawrence-Ainslie)
  • Lowell (Argyle-Ainslie)
  • Kostner (Foster-Carmen)
  • Carmen (Kostner-Kilbourn)
  • Kilbourn (Carmen-Kentucky)
  • Kentucky (Kilbourn – 140 feet west)
  • Kennison (Kilbourn-Kolmar)

The old sewer dates back to 1916 and needs to be replaced.

When the Department of Water Management is working in the street, we may close or limit it to traffic for safety reasons, but you will always be able to reach your home or business.  Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.

Department of Water Management will post their work area for “No Parking” as needed during work hours (generally 7am-4pm).  They are agreeable to parking outside of those hours, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday.  They will try to preserve as much parking as possible.

Department of Water Management knows that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. They will do everything possible to maintain your quality of life throughout these projects, and conducting themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on your street.

Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman during the project, or call any of the following numbers:

  • 24-Hour Service and Information Line:  311
  • 39th Ward Office: 312-736-5594
  • DWM Office of Public Affairs:  312-744-6635

Learn more here. (PDF)

Updates for Water Main Project: Multiple Streets, March 2017

March 24, 2017

Update: Foster to be reduced to one lane

The Alderman's office received an update of the sewer work being completed in advance of the In-House sewer project scheduled to begin in June:

  • Keeler/Argyle: Sewer work is complete, concrete base to poured on Monday/Tuesday. Street to be opened up by end of next week when concrete reaches strength. 
  • Kostner/Foster: The size of the Kostner sewer is being increased from 15" to 48."  Work will include connecting this new sewer to the existing sewer on Foster and going to a new manhole approximately 50' south. Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Foster in each direction as early as next Tuesday, 3/28. Traffic on Kostner will not be able to access Foster. This work will last approximately 3 weeks. 
  • Water main supports: There are 3 water main supports to install on Ainslie: at Kenneth, Lowell, and Keeler. These typically take 2 days each to install barring delays. At each of the 3 sites, traffic will be open one-way eastbound on Ainslie. During the ~2 days of construction at their respective locations, Ainslie traffic will not be able to turn south on Kenneth or on Lowell, and Ainslie traffic will not be able to turn north on Keeler.