Replacement to Take Three Years
A section of Summerlin Avenue remains closed from the water main break near the intersection of Concord Street on October 22. The water main was repaired the same night, but work continues to ensure the soil is dry and properly compacted to handle traffic.
Currently, the road is not projected to fully reopen to traffic until next week.
OUC has also determined the 77-year-old, 20-inch water main, which runs underneath Summerlin Avenue between South Street and Marks Street (about 1.5 miles), will be replaced.
OUC will commence engineering, hydraulic modeling and other studies – including traffic impact – to determine the proper size of the new pipe to meet the area’s water needs.
During the process, OUC and the City of Orlando will work together as the city will simultaneously evaluate the condition of a sewer line that runs parallel with the water main. The expected timeline for engineering and other studies to be performed before construction is 18 months, and an additional two years to complete the replacement. Once the study is finished, additional project details will be released.
No other details, such as projected costs, are available today.
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