Lane restrictions starting along Covert Ave. this week

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) A section of one of Evansville’s busier streets will look much busier soon as sewer improvements will cause lane and turning restrictions.

It will happen on Covert Avenue between Vann and Green River Road.

Construction below the road. Traffic restrictions on the road.

“Progress needs to be done, so it has to be done. it’s something you have to live with,” says Robert Pfender Jr., who lives on Covert Avenue. The lane and turning restrictions resulting from the sewer work has him trying to work around the upcoming traffic adjustments.

“Maybe change our timing sometimes. Maybe for a different time of day if its real hectic. We’ll get out. We just might have to wait a little,” he says.

Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction during construction, and drivers going on to covert from side streets will only be able to turn right. Evansville Water and Sewer Utility officials say crews will reline concrete pipes below the section between South Walnut and Burdette for four weeks, then move to the section between Burdette and Green River the following four weeks.

“That helps because if you were doing the whole thing, that’d be difficult for people to drive,” says Jessica Lobb, who lives near the intersection of Covert and Green River Road.

Utility officials say the pipes being relined were installed in the 1960s and have deteriorated over the years. As they prepare to start work, Pfender says he’ll start being more patient.

“I think we’re going to be alright, but everybody is just going to have patience,” says Pfender.

The work and lane restrictions are expected to happen on these parts of Covert the next eight weeks weather permitting.

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(This story was originally published on July 8, 2019)

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