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Water, sewer work to affect North Avenue traffic flow

April 17, 2009

Work crews from Charles Brake Co. and Newville Construction Services will begin work to replace water and sewer mains in the intersection of Jonathan Street and North Avenue on Monday, weather permitting.

This work will require drilling, blasting and excavation in the middle of the intersection, which will affect traffic flow on North Avenue, according to a release from the city.

During the initial part of construction in the intersection, the contractor will attempt to use flaggers to keep at least one lane of traffic flowing on North Avenue, the release says.

Traffic on North Avenue that wants to access properties in the 400 block of Jonathan Street should consider using Sumans Avenue, Rubbie Avenue or Park Place to avoid congestion and delays at the intersection, the release says.

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It is anticipated that the intersection will be reopened to traffic at the end of each work day, according to the release.

At some point around the week of April 27, the contractor must excavate a large portion of the Jonathan Street/North Avenue intersection to install a new manhole and pipes. When that work begins, it is likely that the entire intersection will be closed to traffic. Vehicles will be forced to detour onto other city streets and alleys to access properties in the 400 block.

Road closure signs, barricades and detour signs will be installed to direct traffic around the work zone. The contractor anticipates it might take three or four days to complete the work in the intersection; it is likely that the intersection won't be reopened to traffic at night during that time.

 After the work in the intersection is completed, the contractor will move equipment into the 400 block of Jonathan Street and will begin replacing water and sewer mains up to the Medal of Honor Triangle at Pennsylvania Avenue. At that point, the Jonathan Street/North Avenue intersection will be reopened to allow for through traffic on North Avenue.

Anyone with questions may contact the city's Department of Engineering and Code Administration at 301-739-8577, ext. 125.   

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