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Chicago Ridge to replace water main under Lyman

By Kelly White
Correspondent

Lyman Avenue in Chicago Ridge may be the next village street in line for a water main replacement.

Chicago Ridge is planning to replace the line beneath Lyman between 108th and 111th streets, and may include the 10700 block as well. Village officials are awaiting cost estimates from village engineer Chris Burke before scheduling the project.

"It will certainly be the three blocks, because on that three block stretch there have been close to 30 breaks over the years," Trustee Mike Davies said at the Village Board's meeting on Jan. 8 "And the breaks are coming faster."

"It will certainly be the three blocks, because on that three block stretch there have been close to 30 breaks over the years," Trustee Mike Davies said at the Village Board's meeting on Jan. 8 "And the breaks are coming faster."

The water main beneath Lyman broke four times last summer, leaving some residents frustrated.

"Especially with the schools branching off of Lyman, with parents parking and dropping off their kids, it really makes things difficult for residents living on Lyman to get to and from their houses when there's water main breaks or construction going on," said Andrew Bruce, who lives in the 10800 block of Lyman. "Once the water main replacement project is complete, I would hopefully not anticipate any random breaks or construction on Lyman for a very long time. I'm glad that the village is taking action on replacing the water mane on Lyman, as I'm sure most residents are."

The village would like to include the 10770 block of Lyman in the project, davies said.

The village has worked with both Alsterda Construction Company and Gallagher Asphalt on previous water main projects, including one on McVicker Avenue two summers ago. That project replaced the main between 108th and 110th streets and cost $300,000, according to village officials.

"The company [Alsterda Construction Company] the village uses for water main improvements has always done excellent work and been consistent with their pricing and given us outstanding prices," Burke said.

There is a surplus in the water fund in the 2013 Chicago Ridge Budget, and although the surplus is not substantial, water fund revenues exceed expenditures by $651 with estimated expenses of approximately $2.64 million. That figure includes a $120,000 increase for water main improvements, which will be used for the Lyman project.

The village anticipates work to begin in the spring or summer.