Water, and more water cause delays on Durkees Run

LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) – The Durkees Run project in Lafayette is seeing some delays in the month of May.

Crews continue to work on the Durkees Run project in Lafayette that has been underway for more than a year.

“We’re kind of on the final phase, as far as the pipe installation, and then the road reconstruction will finish it up,” said Water Pollution Control superintendent Brad Talley.

The $9 million project had been on schedule and on budget, but the last month has been rough. In the past 30 days rain and water main breaks have stalled progress at the State Street site in Lafayette.

“We’ve had a couple of water main breaks that we’ve had to stop and address, and some unknown pipes that we’ve found and had to take care of,” said Talley. “So, we’re a little bit behind, but as the weather breaks we should catch up a little bit.”

After all of the pipes to separate the city’s storm and sewer systems are installed, crews will begin reconstruction of Earl Avenue in June.

“We’ll have rolling road closures as we do the road reconstruction,” said Talley. “We’ll do two or three blocks at a time.”

The project was scheduled to be finished by the end of the year, but Talley said problems in the past month may push that date back.

“We’re hopeful that it will get done this year, but we may have to finish up this spring at this point,” said Talley.

As crews wrap up on this phase of the project, 23rd Street will open up to one lane Wednesday night. Both lanes are expected to be open by the weekend.

State Street will still be closed for a few more weeks.

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