Superior Street Water Main Project Starts
When the City of Chicago first installed the water main pipe that currently runs below Superior Street—between Lake Shore Drive and Fairbanks Court—traffic jams may have involved as many horses and carriages as cars. In place since 1911, the existing 8-inch pipe will soon be replaced with a larger, 12-inch conveyance pipe that will be 1,090 feet long.
On January 24 no parking signs went up along the east end of that block of Superior Street, so the city’s Water Management Department could begin working on the Superior Street Water Main Replacement Project, expected to last two months. The construction will start at Lake Shore Drive and progress west to Fairbanks Court.
Robert McCormick Hall at 350 East Superior is the only Northwestern University building scheduled to have an interruption in water service. The city will provide Northwestern’s Facilities Management office 72 hours’ notice prior to the water shutdown. Upon receiving notification, Facilities Management will immediately alert building occupants to the planned outage.
Parking is prohibited on the section of Superior Street under construction, and eastbound vehicular traffic will be limited to a single lane. The project is not expected to affect traffic on Fairbanks Court.