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Modern repair for old sewer

April 6, 2012
Salem News

Salem street foreman Jim Phillis updates Mayor John Berlin on the status of the Woodland Avenue repair project where a sink hole was discovered last week. Phillis estimated the storm sewer was constructed about 100 years ago with sandstone blocks used on the bottom for the sides and oak boards placed over top of the channel, then covered with concrete and eventually asphalt. He suspected the wood rotted away, compromising the concrete. An 18-inch pipe is being installed, with concrete ends. He expects to reopen half the road Monday, with the entire road opened sometime Tuesday, as long as the weather cooperates. The repair area will be blacktopped in two or three weeks after the cover material has settled. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

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