Construction began on a major sewer main project in Redding Monday that’s expected to impact a handful of city streets near Enterprise High School.
Portions of Churn Creek Road, Hartnell Avenue, Le Brun Lane, Del Sol Place, School Street, Linda Lane, Adams Lane, Camino Court and Alexander Drive will be partially closed while crews work to replace about 11,000 feet of outdated sewer lines.
“So the residents will be allowed in and out,” city engineer Nick Viscante said. “Emergency vehicles will also be allowed in and out, buses, things of that nature, but if people are just wanting to pass by to get through to somewhere else, there'll be a detour that they'll have to go around.”
Viscante says a lot of the sewer lines being replaced were installed in the 1950s and ‘60s.
He says they were fine for the time, but more than a half a century of growth and development has now rendered them undersized.
“So we need to increase the capacity of the sewer lines,” Viscante said. “Most sewer lines are six inc, so we want to go up to eight inch and 10 inch in some areas.”
Work will take place between the hours of 7AM and 5PM Monday through Friday for the next six months.
Neighborhood resident William Hamlet said most people on his street work during the day, so they shouldn't be too inconvenienced by the project.
He says, so far construction hasn't been terribly noisy.
“I mean, we're retired,” Hamlet said. “But I mean we're in the house so we really can't hear anything. So it's relatively quiet.”
And while the project got off to a soft start Monday, Viscante says he expects it to be full force by mid-week.
That includes traffic enforcement and full road closures for non-residents.
But one crew member said the biggest delays will likely be in about two weeks when they start work on Churn Creek Road and Hartnell Avenue.
Vistcante says the project is necessary to get the infrastructure up-to-date.
The project has a price tag of nearly three million dollars.
Construction is expected to continue through October 18.