(Feb. 15, 2018) Work has begun on the initial assessment of the sewer line that suffered a catastrophic failure following a winter storm in early January.

The $2.7 million project could last through mid-March and will examine not only the area of the pipe that broke on South Beach Street, but the entire three-and-a-half-mile force main that runs from the Sea Street pump station to the wastewater treatment plant on South Shore Road, at 17 points along the way.

“They will cut the pipe, put in a cleaning apparatus and then a camera to take a look at it and when that is all set, they will air-test the line to make sure it’s holding pressure and make a determination if it can be brought into service or not,” Department of Public works director Rob Mc-Neil said.

McNeil said the exact locations of each test pit – holes roughly 20 by 30 feet across and 15 feet deep – have for the most part been located, but are subject to change if other underground utilities are in the way. A map of the proposed locations is available on the town’s website.

The Selectmen have waived noise bylaws to allow crews to work six days a week, 12 hours a day, town manager Libby Gibson said.

 

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