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College Heights watermain operation begins Tuesday

Construction will begin tomorrow, July 16, to replace several faulty valves on the city’s water system along Eton Avenue in College Heights.

At various times during the operation, crews will have to shut off the water supply to aid in the construction process. Construction will occur on the following streets where they intersect with Eton Avenue in two phases lasting about one to two days each from July 16-19 and between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m:

  • Phase 1: Simon Fraser Avenue, Dalhousie Drive, Laval Place, and Notre Dame Drive.
  • Phase 2: York Place and Cambridge Road.

Last week, staff delivered notices about the operation to the roughly 300 residences that will be affected. During Phase 2, residents living in the York Place cul-de-sac will be required to move their vehicles to a designated parking area prior to construction to prevent being blocked within that street. In the event of an emergency such as a fire, the City can immediately open all valves and restore full water flow to the area.

The bus stop at the North College Park Tennis Courts on Laval Place and Eton Avenue will be closed for the duration of the operation. A transit detour will run north on Simon Fraser Avenue and continue south on McGill Avenue.

Water main valves are used to isolate water in the water system, which allows crews to localize and reduce the number of residents affected when a water main must be shut off as crews perform maintenance work on the system. Each time a road rehabilitation operation is about to begin, crews test utilities beneath the streets to see if they are in need of maintenance. During a recent test prior to a scheduled paving in the Eton area, crews identified several faulty valves believed to have been installed in 1980, which were in need of replacement.

Residents are asked to follow all traffic control instructions to ensure the safety of crews and pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The city thanks residents for their cooperation as this important operation is completed. For further information, please email or dial 3-1-1.

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