Travelers on Court Street near Parkway will continue to see orange barrels through mid-June while Illinois American Water enters its final stages of its water main replacement project.
Illinois American External Affairs Manager Karen Cotton said the $600,000 project from Stadium Drive to Reservoir Road on Court Street had about 3,5000 feet of 16-inch water mains installed to bring the Stadium Drive booster station online.
In 2015, Illinois American Water brought the booster station online twice, causing water main breaks along Court Street each time.
Cotton said the contractor is currently “performing pressure testing on the new water main.”
“Once pressure testing is complete, the contractor will then transfer services” to 12 customers, she said.
The entire water main project will be completed by mid- to late June.
With the booster station, Cotton said when construction began in March, pressure will be increased from about 20-30 pounds per square inch to 80-90 PSI. The station will run on a variable frequency drive allowing the drives to run only when there is a higher demand for water.
The barrels will remain in place for the crews while lines are transferred.
“They will be moved as necessary during the retirement of the old main and while service transfers are completed,” she said.
Until the project is complete, Cotton said for motorists to follow detours when needed.
“The safety of folks working in the area is a priority,” she said.