$39 million sewer pipe replacement project to cause traffic headache in Norwood

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Norwood residents are bracing for possible delays Monday morning as the city is ready to complete their final phase replacing old sewer pipes along Bainbridge Avenue.

The pipe replacements are an upgrade for the area, but it has definitely caused headaches for drivers and commuters. 

The estimated $39 million infrastructure project will replace old water mains and, as first reported by Norwood News, will include new sidewalks and roadways.

The Department of Design and Construction has been in charge of the project that began in 2016. The city has converted the two-way street into a one way making it a nightmare for commuters. Buses have been re-routed and parking spaces have been limited along Jerome Avenue and Bainbridge Avenue.

However, the DDC have made it clear it is working with the Department of Transportation and the MTA to plan ahead and help make it less stressful for New Yorkers.

The goal is to improve the water system in the neighborhood for years to come. The project was stopped for a couple months after an issue with permits, however, the city tells News 12 in a statement that it is ready for round two, "The project to upgrade infrastructure on Bainbridge Avenue was placed on hold for eight months in 2018 due to the contractor waiting for Con Edison to relocate utilities. During the hold, the contractor and Con Edison worked together to redesign the layout of the trunk water mains in attempt to avoid Con Edison interferences.”

Councilman Andrew Cohen says he has been paying close attention to the plan.

"My office has been very concerned about traffic. We had a traffic agent over the summer. We lost it and now we're trying to get it back," says Cohen.

The project is expected to be completed by next year.

Con Edison said in a statement, "We began the re-location of our underground electrical equipment once the city released the permits to us in February 2019. The permits to perform that work were previously held by the city’s contractor. That contractor stopped work in the area in question in late 2017. The contractor later returned to the area referenced, but only to work on the city’s underground equipment, not Con Edison electrical equipment.”

The DDC sent News 12 a statement Friday saying, "Rerouting the bus routes is a complicated process requiring the construction of new bus shelters plus coordination with the MTA and DOT based on current street and traffic conditions. We expect construction to restart the week of October 21, with lane closures that will last for approximately six months. The project is anticipated to be completed in Winter 2020.”

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