Mill Street residents in Foxon will soon have a new Regional Water Authority water mainline serving the area after the installation of the pipe kicks off later this week.
The construction necessary to install the new line is scheduled to begin this Wednesday, Oct. 10, according to a large traffic sign recently placed at the intersection of Foxon Road and North High Street.
Road Work Begins
The road work will effect traffic flow along the entire length of Mill Street, as well as North High Street from the state rifle range down to the roadway's end at Route 80.
Traffic is expected to be reduced to one lane in the construction area from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily.
Construction will start on Mill Street and progress south to the Army National Guard Training Center. During the work, both Mill Street and North High Street will frequently experience alternating one-way traffic.
The project is expected to take about one year to complete.
Construction to Continue Daily
In addition, road crews will be using the farmer’s field on North High Street as a staging area.
Crews have already begun to place mounds of fill at the site, which will be stored there during the project.
According to the Mayor's Office, once the work begins it will continue daily until the winter weather prevents paving, and the work will then resume once again as weather permits in the spring.
More Flexible Water Supply
The RWA has noted the purpose of the new water mainline is "to provide a more flexible supply of water" to improve supply to residences, businesses and fire-fighting needs in the event of a water main failure or other catastrophic event in the area.
As part of the East Haven project, some 3,000 linear feet of water main will be installed along Mill Street, followed by 8,500 linear feet of pipe to be installed along North High Street (Route 100).
The project's estimated cost has been budgeted at $6.9 million.