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South Shore Water Shutoff Moved To Sunday Night After Neighbors Complain

The shutoff is now scheduled to begin at a less obtrusive time — 11 p.m. Sunday — and will only affect residents on 70th Street from Oglesby to South Shore Drive.

Construction materials at the intersection of 70th Street and South Shore Drive, where crews will replace a water main Sunday night.
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SOUTH SHORE — Responding to neighbors’ complaints, the city’s water department announced it will push back a scheduled water shutoff in South Shore to a less obtrusive time: late Sunday night.

The shutoff, now scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. Sunday and last about eight hours, will only affect residents on 70th Street from Oglesby Avenue to South Shore Drive, officials said. The shutoffs were previously scheduled for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.

The shutoff was rescheduled one day after Block Club reported neighbors were concerned about their water being cut off during the daytime and while the city is under a stay at home order because of coronavirus. Crews are working to replace a water main west of South Shore Drive.

The shutoffs will also not affect Oglesby Avenue or South Shore Drive, as Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office indicated Tuesday.

“To minimize the impact to residents during this difficult time, we have explored all options and have decided to reschedule the water shut-off,” Hairston said in a statement.

A start date has not been set for the planned installation of a water main along South Shore Drive from 67th Street to 71st Street.

For that project, southbound traffic will be redirected onto Jeffery Boulevard to 75th Street.

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