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Beginning Wednesday, several west side city streets in Portage will be closed for the repair of sanitary sewer lines.

Insituform Technologies will be reconstructing certain sewer pipes in need of repair. The process, according to the city's Utility Service Department, will repair lines without digging up streets and properties.

To perform the rehabilitation project, the existing sewer flow will need to be bypassed from the selected sewer segments in need of repair. This will be performed by Sunbelt Rentals.

During the repair, the eastbound right lane of U.S. 20 will be closed. In addition, Carnation Avenue will be closed to through traffic at Crocus Street. Crocus Street will also be closed to through traffic at the Crocus Street culdesac. Access east of Crocus will be made by way of Flower Avenue to Poinsettia Street. Access west of Crocus Street (on Carnation Street) will be made by the way of Poinsettia Street to Flower Street and north on Swanson Road.

Normal traffic flow is expected to be restored by May 1 or earlier.

Insituform Technologies and Sunbelt Rentals will conduct this work in a reasonable and customary manner so that area residents are not at risk for flooding and existing sewer systems are not utilized beyond capacity.

For additional information, or questions, call 219-763-2986.

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.