Work to replace water mains responsible for most of the breaks in the Village of Kenmore is set to get underway this week.
The $3.485 million project involves replacing the mains on McKinley, Tremont and Washington avenues, Westgate Road and Hamilton Boulevard, Village Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen P. Johnson said.
“We determined which streets were going to have water main replacements based on the number of water breaks that had occurred over the last few years,” she said.
McKinley is the first to see work, which will be done in three stages, with the first stage – from Delaware Road to Myron Avenue – to begin this week, Johnson said. The work by Visone Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an anticipated completion date of late November.
There is a sense of urgency to finish the first stage before winter weather arrives.
The next two stages – Myron to Rowley Avenue and Rowley to Colvin Boulevard – will be done in the spring.
School bus pickup and garbage collection will not be affected, Johnson said. Kenmore police are coordinating traffic and parking restrictions.
“Minimal disruption because it’s just the waterline,” Johnson said. “It’s basically a saw cut down the road. They replace the line. There’s a period of time where the line is tested. We have to wait for the Department of Health to give the OK, and then there are hookups that will take place to each of the individual residences.”
The village will mill and repave the streets once the work is completed, Johnson said. The village borrowed the funds for the project this month.
The work mostly involves replacing 4-inch waterlines with 8-inch lines. Water main breaks have plagued the village in recent years because the aging pipes have been susceptible to extreme cold and hot temperatures.
“It’s overdue,” Village Trustee R. Timothy McCarthy said. “Especially with the water breaks.”