Motorists using the western half of Gordon Avenue will encounter some major road work this spring and summer.
The North Davis Sewer District is retrofitting a pipeline from Main Street (State Road 126), west to the Syracuse City border (3700 West), in Layton.
The first segment of work is from Main Street to the Union Pacific Tracks on Gordon Avenue.
“It will definitely impact our city,” Paul Applonie, Public Works Director for Layton City, said.
The pipeline installation project will really cause the biggest delays when it reaches 2200 West Street. That’s when Applonie said the intersection will likely have to be closed down for several weeks.
BJ Riggins, a superintendent with C&L Water Solutions, who North Davis Sewer District has contracted with for the project, said the work will be slow and 2200 West won’t be reached until June or July.
He said workers will try to keep intersections open as best they can.
The total project will go west, beyond Layton City and conclude at 2000 West in Syracuse, with a completion date of the end of November.
Riggins said his company is working with the two affected elementary schools along the route, Ellison Park in Layton and Bluff Ridge in Syracuse, to ensure student safety and efficient busing.
Detour signs will be posted when necessary. Left-hand turn restrictions will be the most common inconvenience for motorists.
However, during working hours, some intersections, like Angel and Gordon, will be closed to through traffic.
Other intersections in the area, like Laytona and Gordon and 1140 West and Gordon, may be closed to left-hand turns at all hours.
The project will rehabilitate a main, 36-inch, sewer trunk line pipe, that was originally installed in the 1950s and now needs repair.
Riggins said the nearly trenchless installation process involves putting “a pipe inside a pipe.”
He said bypass pumping of the waste water will be required into above ground pipes to bypass the area being worked on.
These bypass lines are what may cause the biggest disruption to motorists.
The project began the afternoon of April 22 when pipelines were placed in the middle of Gordon Avenue, from Main Street to the railroad tracks.