Work Continues for 2021 WWW Settlement Projects

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by: Rick Solle

Work will continue this summer and fall on four water main extension projects in Plainfield and Algoma townships as part of the Wolverine Worldwide PFAS settlement.

This year’s projects will extend municipal water to approximately 250 homes affected by PFAS contamination in the groundwater. Below is an update on where each project stands.

Herrington Avenue South of Chandler Drive

Construction began in June, and water mains are expected to be installed on Herrington Avenue and Sprucewood Drive and Court by the end of the month. Water mains are planned to be installed on Frond Avenue, Korben Woods Court, and Terrie Lynn and Meek drives in August.

The water mains will then be pressure tested and disinfected before water service is connected to homes. This is done before bringing new water mains online to ensure they were installed properly, cleaned, and sanitized. Once this step is completed, Plainfield Township will communicate with residents to start the process of installing water services on their property.

All work, including road and driveway reconstruction as well as lawn restoration, is expected to be completed by mid-October.

Wolven Avenue and 11 Mile Road

Water main installation is complete, and crews are wrapping up pressure tests and disinfecting the most recently installed water mains before connecting water services to homes. Water mains installed earlier this summer are online and have been connected to several homes already.

Crews are also beginning road and lawn restoration and will repair sprinkler systems and underground dog fences damaged during construction. The project is expected to be completed by early August.

Belmont Avenue and Van Dam Drive

This project is expected to start this month to install new water mains on Belmont and Pixley avenues, and Van Dam, Post, and Wildwood Creek drives.

Utility flags and survey stakes will be placed to mark existing utility lines, the public right-of-way, and where water mains will be installed. The Township’s engineering firm, Prein & Newhof, will work with construction crews and their tree clearing sub-contractor to mark trees that will need to be removed. Crews will only remove the trees necessary to safely install the water main.

Water mains will continue to be installed, tested, and disinfected through early fall and connected to homes by October.

Packer Drive

This project is also expected to start this month to install new water mains on Packer Drive, parts of Van Dam Drive and several neighboring streets.

Utility flags and survey stakes will be placed to mark existing utility lines, the public right-of-way, and where water mains will be installed. The Township’s engineering firm, Prein & Newhof, will again work with construction crews and their tree clearing sub-contractor to mark trees that will need to be removed. Crews will only remove trees necessary to safely install the water main.

Water mains will continue to be installed, tested, disinfected, and connected to home along Packer and Van Dam drives by the fall. Water main and water service along the side streets and private roads off Packer Drive will be installed in the spring of 2022.

Updates on all Township utility projects are available at preinnewhof.com/construction-updates.

Water mains that were installed on Elstner Avenue for the project on 11 Mile Road and Wolven Avenue in Algoma Township. (Photo credits: Prein & Newhof)

Work on Herrington Avenue. (Photo credits: Prein & Newhof)