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City: North Garden work to take until Christmas

The city engineer says a segment of North Garden Avenue near the former Edgewood Elementary School will remain closed until about Christmas. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Drivers who use a portion of North Garden Avenue will have a while to wait until the street reopens.

The water-line repairs that began this summer likely will continue until late December, said city of Roswell Engineer Louis Najar.

That means the road will be closed off from the Cherry Street area to the south, to Third or Fifth Street to the north, until that time.

Najar said the project to add new water lines and valves has been “challenging” and is taking longer than expected because of the poor condition of the existing 36-inch water lines.

“The problem with the North Garden water line project is that we are encountering a lot of rusted out fittings of the 36-inch line,” Najar said. “We are trying to tie into the existing 36-inch line, (but) we are having to stop and not tie into it.”

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Just as the project began about July 9, the water was cut off to about 12 residential and business customers around the former Edgewood Elementary School, and decreased water pressure was experienced in other areas of the city, because the removal of dirt to expose the line resulted in a line break. Water was restored within a couple of days.

Now the contractor, White Cloud Pipeline Inc., is aiming to do the work without causing problems for water customers. For that reason, if workers encounter a problem in tying into the line, they will stop and work on another portion of the line, Najar said.

The plan now is for the contractor to stop working on a portion of the line near Third Street that is rusted out and move instead to work in the area of Fifth Street, which will include putting in line stops to bypass or stop temporarily the water flow in certain areas without affecting customers. When the Fifth Street area is done, the contractor will return to work on the Third Street area.

But, Najar said the street will remain closed to traffic in the area impacted until all work is complete.

He said the project is experiencing some unexpected budget impacts, but nothing too problematic at this point.

“It is within our budget and we are still able to cope with it,” he said.

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