Emergency sewer repairs close roads in Ravenswood

The discovery of a caved-in sewer line in Ravenswood will require a weekend of emergency sewer repairs and rerouted traffic, city officials say.

The repairs began today and will continue through Tuesday, according to a release from the office of 47th ward Alderman Helen Schulter.

The first phase, at 1911 W. Montrose Ave., will continue until tomorrow afternoon. Work is scheduled to begin Monday at 1747 W. Montrose Ave.

Tom LaPorte, spokesman for the city's department of water management said the work is being doing as quickly as possible to minimize business disruption.

The collapsed section of sewer was discovered during an inspection to prepare for the sewer's relining, LaPorte said.

Relining, in which a resin liner is used to create a hard supporting structure inside the sewer, allows aging sewers to be repaired without excavation, LaPorte says. Relined sewers can last another 100 years, he says.

The repairs are not expected to cause any interruption of water or sewer service in the area.

The sewer damage is unrelated to January's water main break on the same block which flooded businesses and created a 30-foot sink hole, LaPorte said.

Although Montrose Avenue will be closed between Damen Avenue and Ashland Avenue, local traffic will be allowed through.

CTA buses and other through traffic will be rerouted around the construction. Sidewalks and the Brown Line station will remain open, says LaPorte.