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Work on century-old water mains to close lanes on Sheridan Road

Looking south Sheridan Devwith Broadway extending south. | Sun-Times files

Looking south on Sheridan and Devon, with Broadway extending south. | Sun-Times files

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Updated: September 6, 2013 6:18AM

Travelers will face a monthlong lane closure on Sheridan Road starting Monday as the city’s Department of Water Management begins work replacing nearly 3,000 feet of water mains from Devon to Thorndale that date back to 1900.

The work will be done in two phases — Devon to Granville first, followed by Granville to Thorndale, the city said in a release.

Travelers are being encouraged to use Broadway as a faster alternate.

Sheridan’s western-most lane will be shut, leaving three lanes open to traffic. For the morning rush hours, two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be open. The pattern will reverse during the afternoon rush, with two lanes northbound open. During midday, there will only be one lane in each direction around the work zone.

The work will start at 9 a.m. weekdays and end by 4 p.m. It is expected to be completed by Labor Day. The Chicago Department of Transportation will follow that with full resurfacing of Sheridan, the city said.

CTA buses will follow their normal routes.

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