Fraser makes progress on Byers Avenue waterline replacement |

Fraser makes progress on Byers Avenue waterline replacement

The town of Fraser’s Water-Wastewater Committee approved final engineering designs for the Byers Avenue Waterline Replacement Project earlier this week, recommending that the Board of Trustees move forward with the project later this year.

The $300,000 project will replace about 800-feet of waterline along Byers Avenue, from Norgren Road to Leonard Lane, and is meant to improve water quality and fire flow.

Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin said the town will be sending out a request for bids in the “near future,” at which point the project will go before the Board of Trustees for approval. Durbin said that the project will take about three weeks to complete, and that ideally construction would take place in July or August.

“It’ll depend on contractor availability,” said Durbin. “Earlier is often problematic here because when you get in the ground in the spring or early summer there’s a lot of ground water. If you go too late you run into the possibility of an early winter. But we’ll have to work with a contractor on that exact schedule.”

The road will be open during construction, though Durbin noted that residents may have difficulty getting in and out of their driveways at times. He said that the town will be meeting with residents before the project to discuss scheduling and allow them to make arrangements. About 25 residences will be affected.

“We’ll have to provide temporary water, and getting in and out of your driveway for a day or two here or there can be difficult,” said Durbin. “So we’ll be meeting with the neighbors before the project to inform them of what’s going on, and to keep them posted with a schedule…We’ll work with people to keep them aware and maximize their ability to move around the project. So we can work together with them.”

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