Crews will begin work on two water main projects in January that will eventually supply Foxconn Technology Group’s 22-million-square-foot LCD panel campus after the Racine Water Works Commission approved the contracts on Tuesday.

The local financing package for the Foxconn plant calls for $88.4 million in spending on water infrastructure to supply the campus, but the municipalities will also need approval from the Department of Natural Resources to divert Lake Michigan water. There are also some already planned infrastructure upgrades that are being funded through other sources.

“The Racine Water Utility has been hard at work to quickly and efficiently design and plan for the installation of two new water mains,” said Keith Haas, Racine Water Utility general manager. “The construction of these new mains is critical to the Foxconn project being able to move forward.”

Both projects are scheduled to begin in January and should be done by April. The timing is being coordinated with planned roadwork in the area.

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