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A busy roadway in a neighborhood on Jackson’s southwest side is closed for water main replacement and pavement resurfacing. West Avenue between Bloomfield Boulevard and Crescent Road was closed to through traffic the morning of Monday Oct. 1. Crews will begin work on Tuesday Oct. 2 to replace the water main underneath West Avenue.
After crews are finished with work on the new water main, pavement on this stretch of West Avenue will be resurfaced. Assistant City Engineer Troy White says this is part of a larger project to replace old water mains and resurface pothole-ridden streets in the Essex Heights neighborhood. “A lot of this infrastructure is from the 1920s, so it is important to replace parts that no longer work, and provide a continuous backbone of infrastructure through this neighborhood,” White said. The city is starting the project now so it is completed before more work on water mains and roads begins in the area next spring.
Construction on West Avenue is expected to wrap up in November. Residents in the work zone will still be able to reach homes. However, the roadway is now closed to through traffic. Drivers can use Fourth Street or Kibby Road as a detour.