Motorists were delighted to see crew members paving the road outside Red’s Shoe Barn on Broadway in Dover on Friday morning, but that project came to a screeching halt when a main pipe snapped.
City officials said on Friday afternoon that the area was closed to traffic as workers tried to identify and resolve the issue.
Community Services Director John Storer said he suspected the weight of the heavy equipment might have something to do with it. The water line has been repaired and water has been restored to the area, but the paving will not be completed until Monday.
Storer said he understands people are frustrated with the project, which costs a total of $ 8 million and involves the installation of an 84-inch drainage pipe under the tracks to address flooding issues in long time.
“I realize that people are tired with this project, but I’m trying to explain the magnitude of the project,” Storer said.
According to city officials, the new drain replaces an old partially blocked and underused granite culvert installed in the 1800s when the railroad was built.
As part of the project, new drainage piping is also being installed on Broadway to connect to the new 84 inch drainage pipe.
The new drainage lines will connect to an existing granite culvert located in the ravine at the end of Forest Street, according to city officials.
The whole project is expected to be completed this summer.
Broadway from Pierce Street to Ham Street will be closed on Mondays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paving.
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