Portion of Lakeside Drive Closed For Reconstruction Project

The town of Highland Park’s contractor, Axis Contracting, began lane closures on Lakeside Drive between Armstrong Avenue and Beverly Drive Aug. 8 as part of the Lakeside Drive reconstruction project.

Lakeside Park, Exall pedestrian bridge, and the Teddy Bear garden area were also closed last week.

The project includes work on wastewater pipeline and roadway improvements from Armstrong Avenue to Beverly Drive, as well as landscape improvements to Lakeside Park.

The town of Highland Park and city of University Park partnered to split the costs of rehabilitating 3,400 linear feet of the Turtle Creek sanitary sewer interceptor line, the primary wastewater line for the town and city. The pipeline was originally built in the 1930s. The project will include the reconstruction of Lakeside Drive from Armstrong Avenue to Beverly Drive, along with some waterline improvements. 

The town and city conducted a multi-sensor inspection (MSI) on the pipeline, and based on the data collected, the section along Lakeside Drive from Armstrong Avenue to Beverly Drive was identified as the first pipeline segment to be rehabilitated or replaced. Groundwater infiltration throughout the pipeline also caused settling and pavement failures within Lakeside Drive, necessitating the reconstruction. 

The town and city selected the cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation for the existing main, in which a contractor inserts a liner into the existing pipe. The new liner cures inside the host pipe. 

The project is expected to cost around $5 million, with that split between the city and town. 

Construction is anticipated to be completed in late spring 2023, pending supply shortages and weather.

Based on engineering assessments, the sections of line north of Beverly Drive and south of Armstrong Avenue will be considered for improvements in the future.

For more information, visit the project website.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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