JACKSON, MI – Water infrastructure work is shutting down a major Jackson street for several months.
The water main and lead service line replacement project on S. West Avenue, between Carlton Boulevard and W. Michigan Avenue, is beginning Monday, April 18, with construction expected wrap up in early July, city officials said.
The street will be closed to through traffic. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. A detour will take drivers to S. Wisner Street from W. Michigan Avenue and W. Morrell Street.
S. West Avenue will remain open for residents to reach their homes and for patrons to reach businesses.
This three-block stretch of the street connects several residential neighborhoods to downtown Jackson and the N. West Avenue commercial corridor, officials said.
The city is in the process of replacing aging four-inch water mains to increase water quality and pressure for residents. The 96-year-old water main under this section of street is undersized, made of cast iron and not up to current water main standards, officials said.
This construction project also will replace 46 lead service lines, and repairs will be made to the street surface, sidewalks and curbs after the water infrastructure work is completed, officials said.
Water infrastructure work will ramp up in 2022, as the city continues a $120-million plan to replace more than 11,000 lead lines in the next 30 years.
Related: Updates on lead water service line replacements available for Jackson residents
Residents wanting to learn more about lead service line replacements are encouraged to visit the Lining Up Jackson section of the city website.
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