FAIRFIELD — Months of detours are finally coming to an end along Pennsylvania Avenue near Highway 12.
Fairfield on Friday night reopened the half-mile stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue from Highway 12 south to Cordelia Road. That removes the need for drivers to take such alternative routes as Beck Avenue in Fairfield or Main Street in Suisun City.
Now all that remains is to reopen the quarter-mile stretch of northbound Pennsylvania Avenue extending north of Highway 12 to Illinois Street. Fairfield Public Works Inspector Brian Morris said that should be done by Friday.
Changeable message signs along Highway 12 in recent days have announced that Oct. 20 would be the road reopening date. But those signs, which have on several occasions announced reopening dates that didn’t materialize, appear this time to have been wrong in a way that favors motorists.
Contractors on the project have made a push in recent days, Morris said. Last week, 100 workers were at the site for each of five days. Work for some days went from 6:30 a.m. to around midnight, he said.
The road closed so Fairfield could install a segment of the East-West Water Transmission Pipeline. When all segments are installed, the 36-inch-diameter line is to carry water from the North Bay Regional Water Treatment Plant near Travis Air Force Base to the Green Valley-Cordelia Villages area.
Work on the project started in March and was initially supposed to be finished by July 1. City officials said delays arose from such problems as a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline that wasn’t located precisely where expected, leading to re-engineering work.
The City Council in October 2011 awarded a $2.5 million contract to Preston Pipeline to install the pipeline segment.
The Green Valley-Cordelia Villages area presently gets water only from the Waterman Water Treatment Plant, which handles only Lake Berryessa reservoir water. The East-West Water Transmission Pipeline will allow the North Bay Regional Water Treatment Plant to serve as a backup source. Also, this treatment plant handles both Lake Berryessa and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water.
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