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Posted on: September 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Sewer lining project closes Capital SW starting Sept. 19

City street map with teal line over Capital SW in Old Lakeview, and dashed line for detour.

Drivers on Capital Avenue SW might experience short delays today in the area of Old Lakeview, before a complete road closure on Monday, Sept. 19.

The road closures are the next part of a project to add a lining to a large sanitary sewer pipe in the east-central part of the city.

The work will affect Capital Avenue SW between Territorial Road and Columbia Avenue as follows:

  • Friday, Sept. 16 – Occasional, brief closures throughout the day as crews move equipment
  • Monday, Sept. 19 – Complete closure all day; traffic detour on Columbia Avenue, Riverside Drive, and East Territorial
  • Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 20-23 – Local traffic only on Capital; same detour in place for through traffic

Because of this work, Battle Creek Transit’s 4S – SW Capital bus will detour starting Monday, Sept. 19:

  • Traveling outbound the 4S bus will turn left on Territorial Road, right on Grand Boulevard, right on Columbia Avenue, and left on Capital SW to resume the regular route. 
     Traveling inbound the 4S bus will turn right on Columbia Avenue, left on Grand Boulevard, left on Territorial Road, and right on Capital SW to resume the regular route. 
  • During the detour the bus will NOT service these stops on Capital SW:
    1. Outbound
      • Orleans Avenue
      • Iroquois Avenue
      • Lakeview Avenue
    2. Inbound
      • Shelter near Family Fare/Long John Silver’s
      • Iroquois Avenue
      • Grandview Court

As always, call the Transit team with questions or help planning a trip at 269-966-3474, and sign up for Transit alert notifications at

As the sewer lining project moves, neighbors will receive door hangers 24 hours ahead of work on their streets. While non-excessive toilet use will be OK, we will ask neighbors to delay washing clothes and dishes, and any other heavy water uses, for about 24 hours after the work moves through, so the lining adhesive can set.

The project started Sept. 6 at Wentworth Avenue/Foster Avenue. It is moving to Foster/Orleans Avenue, Orleans/Capital Avenue SW, Capital SW/Grandview Court, and will finish at Grandview/Grand Boulevard. Work is moving from one manhole to the next along the route.

This project will add a lining to a 24-inch to 30-inch sanitary sewer main that has been deteriorating inside due to naturally occurring hydrogen sulfide gas. The lining will protect the concrete pipe and restore the main to its original thickness. It will also add at least 70 years to the design life of the sewer main. The lining is a felt material that will stick to the pipe with a wet resin.

Neighbors might notice some odor from the resin – a glue-like smell. Please contact our Department of Public Works with any questions at 269-966-3343.


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