Crews replacing Allisonville Rd. water main

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Work began Wednesday to replace a deteriorating 20-inch water main that runs underneath Allisonville Road within the construction limits of the I-465 interchange project. Citizens Energy Group is partnering with Walsh Construction, the state's contractor, to complete the replacement as quickly as possible and minimize delay in reopening Allisonville Road to traffic across I-465.

Walsh continues construction on other areas of the $19 million Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) bridge and interchange project. Walsh and Citizens estimate the added work will take approximately two weeks to complete, and anticipate the new bridge opening to traffic at the end of the month.

On Sunday morning, Citizens temporarily restored service to the water main near 82nd Street. Because the pipe has broken previously, INDOT is permitting Citizens to completely replace the line while the Allisonville Road pavement is removed. Citizens will be responsible for pipe replacement costs. INDOT agreed to the request to prevent future pipe repairs from damaging the new pavement and to ensure nearby homes and businesses will continue to have reliable utility service.

Citizens will replace approximately 500 feet of pipe affecting the construction project. The company plans to continue replacing pipe in the nearby area, which is off state right-of-way and unrelated to INDOT's bridge and interchange project.

When the new Allisonville Road bridge over I-465 opens, additional temporary lane restrictions will continue for approximately 25 days as Walsh finishes work at the interchange. INDOT is offering the contractor incentives for each day the additional traffic lanes are opened earlier than the 25-day target.

(Info from press release)