Sewer line repair will slow traffic on Route 9.
WORCESTER - Though rush-hour motorists have been bracing themselves for significant traffic delays on Route 9 near Belmont Street and Lake Avenue, they have a small reprieve - the contractor is running about a week behind schedule.
The daily closing of part of westbound Route 9 (Belmont Street) - which was anticipated about a week ago - will
begin May 18.
Earlier this week, the contractor started preparation work on the $1.7 million project to repair the main sewer line on Belmont Street. Traffic impacts were minor as workers dug test pits.
But when the project begins in earnest, motorists will face tie-ups.
The project involves installing about 3,800 feet of a PVC slip-liner inside the existing 24-inch-diameter pre-cast concrete pipe, or force main, according to city officials. The force main and new liner will run from the Lake Avenue pump station to the discharge point into the gravity sewer system at Shrewsbury Street, near Aitchison Street.
Robert L. Moylan Jr., commissioner of public works and parks, said the project is necessary because the 55-year-old sewer line, which serves the Lake Avenue sewer pump station, has had multiple failures in the past 10 years. The line was shut down in 2007 after testing and analysis indicated additional failures were imminent, he said. Work this month will consist mainly of preparation of the PVC liner pipe and excavation work. Work will continue through the summer, and the project is scheduled to be completed in mid-September.
People interested in the project and its progress can visit the Public Works and Parks Department pages on the city's Web site, www.ci.worcester.ma.us.
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CUTLINE: (PHOTO) Signs along Route 9 near Plantation Street warn motorists about road work planned in the area. (MAP) Construction
PHOTOG: (PHOTO) T&G Staff/CHRISTINE PETERSON (MAP) T&G Staff/STACEY ARSENAULT