DOVER – Broadway from Pierce Street to Ham Street was closed to all traffic on Wednesday until an emergency dig and repair was completed, the city said.
Dovers Community Services expects the street to reopen at night on Thursday, February 4th.
Parking is limited on the north side of Ham Street from Broadway to Central Avenue until further notice to aid the flow of traffic on the site.
The section of Broadway at the construction site should be closed Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this week due to ongoing work related to the Broadway drainage project. The daytime closure is expected to continue on weekdays throughout February.
However, the road remained closed on Tuesday afternoon after damage was found to the sewer on Broadway near the construction site. The damage to the sewer resulted in the sewage being secured in the basement of a nearby company, which first reported it to the Broadway contractor, who then alerted Dover City Community Services officials.
The excavation and repair of the emergency sewers began Tuesday evening and continued into the night until the emergency repairs were completed. For safety reasons, the water supply for the residents of the region was cut off so that the workers did not work under a pressurized water pipe. The water supply has now been activated for the affected properties. No further emergency shutdowns are expected in the area. However, other work related to the emergency repair continued on Wednesday.
Community Services assistant director Bill Boulanger said the main damage to the sewer was related to the Broadway drainage project. How the sewer system was damaged is still being investigated.
The fuse also resulted in a discharge of approximately 100,000 gallons of untreated sewage into the Cocheco River, Boulanger said. He has informed the Department of Environmental Services and the Environmental Protection Agency of the legally required initiation.
For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.
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