Water main construction slows traffic near Caltech
A project to replace an aging water main along a very busy section of Del Mar Boulevard between Caltech and South Lake Avenue is set to start on Thursday. Traffic lanes may be temporarily closed during construction on weekdays from between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. over the next two months, a Pasadena Water and Power official said.
Sections of Del Mar Boulevard will be closed from Thursday morning to 4 p.m., with regular closures over the next few months. The section, which runs from South Lake Avenue to CalTech, will be closed to replace a 90-year-old water main.
Although not every lane will be closed at the same time, and all traffic lanes will be open during evenings and weekends, Pasadena Water and Power is anticipating serious traffic concerns.
“We’re working with the third-party contractor, and more recently we’ve done a lot of coordinating with the customers to make sure that they have access to other routes in and out of their areas,” Water and Power spokeswoman Margie Otto told Pasadena Now. “We’ll put up digital signs to make sure alternative routes are recommended.”
The aging water main, which was installed in 1926, won’t be the only infrastructural update. All fire hydrants will be replaced as well, and individual water services will have to be connected to the main line. Customers in the area will be alerted at least 24 hours in advance before having their water turned off.
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