The sewer repair work on West Washington Street is costing the city more than expected, but the street should be reopened to traffic next week.

West Washington Street, between Marion and Worth streets, has been closed to through traffic for more than a week while construction workers have been repairing a collapsed sanitary sewer line that lies 21 feet underground.

Several weeks ago, city workers discovered that a 20-foot-long, 10-inch clay sewer pipe had collapsed. Because the broken pipe was so far below the surface, city workers were not equipped to handle the repair work. An outside firm was hired to inspect the lines, and the city eventually was able to use a camera to determine the extent of the damage.

See Wednesday, December 12, 2012 issue of The Journal for complete story.

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