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Illinois American Water’s work to separate the Alton combined sewer system and install new sanitary sewers continues. Below is information about this week’s road closures –Sept 19, 2022

Illinois American Water’s work to separate the Alton combined sewer system and install new sanitary sewers continues. 

Below is information about road closures –September 19, 2022

Piasa Valley Area:        

9th Street is still closed from Alton Street east to George Street. This stretch of roadway will continue to be closed to all thru traffic for a month or two.  A watermain replacement is anticipated and is awaiting a permit.   

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Belle Street, between 8th Street and 9th Street will remain closed for the next several months.

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Belle Street from 3rd Street north to 4th Street will remain closed for another couple weeks to complete sewer installation and pavement restoration.  3rd Street between Belle Street and Piasa Street is anticipated to open to traffic later today or tomorrow with the completion of pavement restoration.  Please use caution and watch for workers in this area once the road reopens. 

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Belle Street sewer work has restarted as of last week.  The section of Belle Street between 6th Street and 7th Street will be closing to traffic later this week.  7th Street will remain open east and west during this time.  Future closures around this area are expected in the following weeks. 

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Background:
          
Work kicked off in February 2021 and will continue to progress until 2023. Work includes over six miles of sanitary sewer main is being installed in the Turner Tract, Shields Valley and Piasa Valley areas of Alton.

When Illinois American Water acquired the Alton Regional Wastewater system the company made a commitment to address requirements set forth by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to remedy combined sewer overflows.

When Illinois American Water acquired the Alton Regional Wastewater system the company made a commitment to address requirements set forth by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to remedy combined sewer overflows.

  • The projects in Turner Tract and Shields Valley will address 1.69 miles of sanitary sewer main.
    • These projects will continue into early 2022, depending on the location.
    • Project area will change based on progress of work. Signs will be placed ahead of construction work to notify customers of upcoming closures.
  • The work in Piasa Valley began in the spring of 2021.
    • This project includes almost five miles of sanitary sewer main.
    • Work is expected to continue for over two years.
      • This does not mean work will occur in one area for 24 months, but rather, projects will continue to progress throughout neighborhoods during that time period. Signs will be placed ahead of construction to notify customers of upcoming closures.

 

Safety:                    
These closures are necessary for investments to the wastewater system to be completed in a safe manner.  At Illinois American Water our team and our contractors work as quickly as possible to minimize inconvenience to our customers.  We do our best to minimize the length of construction, but our #1 priority is safety.  At times, road and sidewalk closures may be extended to support our commitment to safety. 

                                 

Contact:                  
Customers should call 800-422-2782 with questions. 

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. For more information, visit www.illinoisamwater.com and follow Illinois American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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Media Contacts

Karen Cotton

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