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Wicker Park Water Main Project To Replace Lead-Lined Wooden Pipes To Wrap Up By End Of Year

The Milwaukee Avenue project which began in June unearthed pipes dating to the 1890s.

A water main project along Milwaukee Avenue between Damen and Hermitage avenues is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
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WICKER PARK — Workers are nearing the final stage of a water main replacement project along Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.

Milwaukee Avenue from Damen to Hermitage avenues will be repaved as part of the project by the end of November, Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) said.

The work got underway in June. The excavation of the street at various time exposed the rails from the streetcar line that once ran along Milwaukee Avenue.

The project was scheduled for 2020 “long before” the global pandemic hit, La Spata said in August. The replacement will alleviate leaks and other water issues faced by neighbors and business owners, he said.

The work was overdue. Wooden logs lined with lead, some dating back to the 1890s, were part of what was being replaced, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce director Pamela Maass told Block Club in July.

Throughout the summer, the chamber worked with the construction crews on remedying issues related to dust, which was affecting warm-weather patios.

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