Water progress to influence traffic

The Ocean View Public Water System Project is moving ahead steadily, and area residents, employees and visitors will soon be noticing that progress as construction makes its way across some major roadways. The project, now 234 days into the one-year contract, will literally be moving across the town’s main roads within the next few months.

Approximately $4.3 million has been spent so far, with regards to billing, accounting for 82.1 percent of the project.

“Based on the schedule,” said town engineer Chuck Hauser, “we ought to be getting out to Central Avenue next week, and we’ll be on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) as work continues.”

Construction marquee sign have been set up, advising commuters of upcoming construction along Route 26. Construction crews are expected to be working on Atlantic Avenue starting Monday, Sept. 17.

A total of six crossings of Route 26 will take place, with an additional one on the east end of Central Avenue. Construction crews will be working at the locations simultaneously. Contractors estimate that two crossings will be completed each week.

During this time, single-lane traffic along Central Avenue between Woodland and Atlantic, along Central Avenue between Church and Oakland Avenue, and along Route 26 will be controlled by flaggers.

Restoration crews have been continuing their work off of West Avenue and in surrounding areas. Most all of the snags that the committee has faced have been resolved, including only a handful of easements left to deal with. “We’re on the tail end of the easement issue,” said Town Manager Conway Gregory.

The town is still working with the Public Service Commission to review meter readings and initial hook-up.

“At this point,” said Hauser, “there’s a possibility that we may not have hook-ups in October, but that’s something we’re looking at.”

The next Public Water System Progress meeting will be held on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. at the town hall, located at 32 West Avenue. For more information about the town’s water project construction progress, visit the town’s Web site at www.oceanviewde.com.