This project is being implemented by the City of New Bern to replace aging water and sewer infrastructure along Spencer and Park Avenues in advance of an upcoming paving project. The proposed improvements are designed to eliminate deteriorated mains and service lines, which will increase the reliability of water and sewer services. Areas of construction will include Spencer Avenue, from First Street to Trent Road; along with Park Avenue, from to First Street to the cul-de-sac.
Construction of the proposed improvements is scheduled to be completed in approximately 180 days with the anticipated construction schedule:
Zone-1 (Red) – March 1st – March 17th
Zone-2 (Green) – March 17th – April 12th
Zone-3 (Orange) – April 12th – May 10th
Zone-4 (Yellow) – May 11th – June 22nd
Zone-5 (Brown) – June 22nd – July 20th
Zone-6 (Blue) – July 21st – August 16th
Normal working hours for the project will be 7:00a.m. through 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday, and depending on scheduling, possible Saturday work may be implemented.
During construction, lane closures and traffic pattern shifts may be implemented as necessary to conduct the proposed infrastructure replacement. Traffic control devices will be set-up in a manner that allows for local traffic and property access to be maintained as much as possible. All efforts will be made to maintain the flow of local traffic within the project area. However, some minor traffic congestion is anticipated and all motorists are urged to exercise patience and caution at all times when traveling through the construction area.
Routes for pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times during working hours to allow access to homes and businesses.
During normal working hours, the portion of Spencer or Park under construction at the time will be closed to on-street parking. After the completion of each work day, all efforts will be made to open the street for accommodating on-street parking. However, there will likely be limited occasions where on-street parking is closed overnight. All vehicles parked within the construction area overnight will need to be moved out of the construction area by 7:00 am the next morning.
Trash & Recycling:
Trashing and recycling services will remain on their normal schedules throughout the duration of the project. Please continue to place these items at the curb as you normally would on collection day. If the area in front of your home is under construction on collection day, the contractor and/or City staff will move your bins to an area that can be accessed by the collection truck and return
them to in front of your home after they have been emptied.
The majority of the proposed work, will be the renewal of the individual water and sewer service lines. These service lines extend from the water main to the meter, and from the sewer main to your cleanout for your home. As part of reestablishing the water service for your home, a brief 20-30 minute interruption of service will be required to reconnect your meter to the new water service.
After reconnection of the new service, you may notice a “milky” white appearance to the water. This is simply air that has been caught in the service line and running water through your faucet for a few minutes will quickly clear up the issue.
During construction all efforts will be made to protect the existing street scape trees. However, some limited trimming is anticipated to provide for the clearance necessary for the excavation equipment that will be in the street.
After completion of the water, sewer, and drainage work, all areas of disturbed pavement will be backfilled with compacted stone and allowed to settle for approximately 30 days. During this period the contractor will be maintain the stone in the trench lines as needed. After the stone is fully compacted, a temporary asphalt patch will be installed on all disturbed areas of the street. This patch is intended to only be a temporary surface. A complete resurfacing of Spencer Avenue and Park Avenue is scheduled for the spring of 2019, which will include a milling operation to reestablish adequate curb heights.