SPRINGFIELD – Construction crews will begin replacing a water main in the Hamburg Street area of Springfield starting Monday, May 3, Springfield Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson Katherine Shea said.
Shea said the project will replace a section of a drinking water main along Hamburg Street beginning at its intersection with Farnsworth Street and running to its intersection with Sterling Street. The project should be completed by June 30.
During the two-month construction period, Hamburg Street will undergo extensive excavation and be reduced to one lane of alternating travel between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Access to properties and local traffic will be managed by police details and signage.
Shea said the main being replaced was originally laid down in 1903. The replacement is part of the commission’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Program. The engineers regularly assess the miles of underground mains and piping that make up the city’s water distribution system and based on the years of service, analysis of the pipe condition, the material the pipe is made from and past water main breaks, make up a schedule of replacement.
Many miles of the city’s infrastructure includes mains that have serviced the city for over 100 years.
Information about the project is available at: https://waterandsewer.org/current-projects/.