The City of Winchester and Washington Gas will be making several necessary improvements to N. Cameron Street between Piccadilly and Clark Streets beginning this summer that will have an impact on the businesses and residents in this area. The primary goal of this project is to alleviate the flooding issues that occur regularly in this area during prolonged periods of wet weather or intense rainfall. While the first phase of the project will not completely solve all the surface flooding, it will replace the existing stormwater and sanitary sewer pipes with larger pipes. These larger pipes will prevent the sanitary sewer main in Cameron Street from getting overwhelmed and surcharging during prolonged periods of wet weather (like in 2018). Future phases of work consisting of constructing stormwater detention ponds and additional underground stormwater piping north and east of this Cameron Street section will be required to solve all of the surface water flooding problems in the area.
In addition to the sanitary sewer and stormwater system improvements that will occur during Phase I of the project, we will replace the existing water main in Cameron Street that is old and in poor condition. Washington Gas will also take this opportunity to replace their natural gas pipe in Cameron Street, possibly beginning as soon as July 8, 2019. The work on the gas line will start at Piccadilly Street and will progress northward along the west side of Cameron Street. During this initial gas line work, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Cameron Street, but on-street parking will be restricted where the work is occurring.
Along with our contractor, A&M Concrete, we are planning to start work on replacing the sanitary sewer main, stormwater piping and inlets, and water main around the last week of July or first week of August. An exact start date will be announced at least a week before work begins. Due to the significant amount of work that will be completed, traffic on Cameron Street will be affected. When the contractor begins work, traffic on Cameron Street between Piccadilly and Clark will be restricted to one lane of northbound traffic only. Southbound traffic (U.S. 11 and 522) will be detoured down Braddock Street through this corridor. Once all of the underground pipe work is completed, the street will be repaved and restriped.
The total cost of Phase I is approximately $2 million, and the contractor has a deadline to complete all the work within six months. However, we have offered the contractor a monetary incentive to complete the work sooner as correcting this issue is a priority and will be an inconvenience to residents and businesses in the area.
“We understand that this project will have an impact on residents and businesses in the area and we will strive to minimize these impacts as much as possible,” stated Public Services Director Perry Eisenach. “Also, we will do everything possible to ensure sidewalk access to the front door of every business will be maintained during normal business hours. We’d like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and cooperation as we work to make some necessary improvements in this area.”
Specific questions or concerns regarding this project can be directed to Drew Brady at the phone number or email listed below.
Capital Improvement/Infrastructure Division Manager
City of Winchester
The information in this news release can be found our website at www.winchesterva.gov/current-city-projects.