Mark Hayward's City Matters: A sewer for the century
Joshua Rule of Dublin climbs down a ladder holding a bucket of concrete while patching the walls of a 26-foot-deep-access chamber to the city's main sewer line on Willow Street in Manchester on Wednesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Joshua Rule of Dublin climbs a ladder holding a bucket of concrete while patching a 26-foot-deep access chamber to the city's main sewer line on Willow Street in Manchester on Wednesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Fred McNeill thinks of streets as rivers.
Like some Neptunian god of water, McNeill and his crew of engineers and equipment operators are splicing that river in two.
"It's been a good job," said Shawn Adams, foreman for R.D. Edmunds & Sons, the Franklin firm doing the work. The dirt has a lot of sand, so it's easy to dig up and can be used to refill the trenches after the work is done, he said. Also, the city streets are wide, providing room to work.
This 20-year phase focuses on Cemetery Brook, which starts at Stevens Pond.
This summer's $8 million project involved new piping underneath lower Chestnut Street, which flooded several years ago in a storm, McNeill said.
This year's work on Chestnut Street is just about complete. The storm water pipe ends at a newly installed manhole on Willow Street. It measures 8-foot in diameter and is about 37 feet deep.
Of course, the work is expensive, and a reason my city sewer bill tops $500 a year. Ten years of West Side work is already completed, at a cost of $58 million. Phase III will be another 20 years and $200 million.
Mark Hayward's City Matters runs Thursdays in the New Hampshire Union Leader and UnionLeader.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
READER COMMENTS: 14
- Anti-SUV flop: Americans love utility - 7
- What Bartlett left: A Founding Father mostly forgotten - 1
- Hang Havenstein! He once quoted the President - 4
- Obama's priority: Raising money - 35
- Hey, bear: That ain't Fozzie - 0
- Obama's debt: His real legacy is coming - 12
- Paying for Medicaid: How will NH do it? - 42
- Into the woods: With knowledge and tools - 3
- Derry's brand: It is not 'Space Town USA' - 2
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Only a freshman, Kennedy excelled on the track - 0
- Looking Back With Aurore Eaton: The Manchester Opera House makes its stunning debut - 0
- Another View -- John Dumais: Mandatory GMO labeling is all cost, no benefit - 0
- What’s the rush? Executive Council follows Pelosi plan - 1
- On Baseball: Fisher Cats prove point - 0
- Evan Turner, Celtics see upside in new deal - 0
- Thunder take two from Fisher Cats - 0
- Ortiz, Drew (4 RBIs each) lead Red Sox hit parade against Blue Jays - 0
- Nashua settles suit over gas collection system - 0
Market Basket workers urged to 'shut it down'; deposed CEO urges fired workers be given jobs back
Shaheen's record: On insurance, it is dismal
Anti-SUV flop: Americans love utility
Police say boy, 6, found in getaway car
U.S. appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare exchange subsidies such as NH's
Insanity: Obamacare and the rule of law