Water main replacement near high school

Expect delays through November
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Lincoln High School students and their parents might want to leave a little earlier for school during the next few months while a water main replacement project is underway in the surrounding neighborhood.

Andrew Kellen, the project’s resident engineer and consultant with Coastland Engineering, said the project’s goal is to replace the aging infrastructure.

“We’re replacing the existing water main with new pipe,” Kellen said Monday. “There are 44 new water services to be installed and 44 re-connections.”

Construction is expected to continue through early- to mid-November but could be a little longer, according to Kellen.

“We’re also trying to replace a piece on H Street between Seventh Street and Sixth Street that was not originally part of the project,” Kellen said. “We could be looking at the end of November or beginning of December for completion.”

Southbound H Street will remain open as well as southbound J Street starting at Ninth Street.

Neighborhood residents should experience few interruptions in their water service, according to Kellen.

“There will be planned outages once we are closer to connecting the water main,” Kellen said. “At least 48 hours advance notice will be given before any interruption in service. Any outages will be planned for between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.”

Kellen does not expect much of an interruption to the high school’s water service.

“There is only one service that directly feeds the high school. We will be in contact with the school when we get closer to that,” Kellen said. “The vast majority of the school’s onsite water service will be unaffected. There should be continuous water service.”

“A fair amount of thought was put into the timing and sequencing of the project,” Kellen added. “The decision to start the work in the neighborhood of the high school was based in part on the timing for similar work to be done near First Street Elementary School. First Street, from H Street to R Street, was done during the school’s summer break. It’s never a good time but this was the lesser of two evils.”

Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said he has worked closely with the city on the project.

“City engineer Ray Leftwich has been very supportive of the schools during the project,” Leaman said. “There have been two challenges regarding this project: parking and street closures.

“Parking at the high school is already limited, due to the addition of five portable buildings over the summer, which puts pressure on street parking,” Leaman added. “For the second challenge, it appears different streets will be closed at different times, depending on the work being done. So give yourself a little more time when going to the high school.”

Work on the water main replacement project did not affect parking for the first football game of the season Friday, according to Leaman.