Part of Prospect Street in Shrewsbury to be closed this week

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Part of Prospect Street in Shrewsbury to be closed this week
A portion of Prospect Street will be closed this week. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

SHREWSBURY – A portion of Prospect Street near Holman Street will be closed over the couple of days to allow for crews to replace a sewer connection.

The Board of Selectmen approved the Aug. 1-5 closure during its July 26 meeting.

“One reason why we want to do it now is because we want to do it before school starts,” said Director of Public Works Jeffrey Howland.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Dan Rowley said the department has been inspecting the sewer lines with cameras around town as part of its inflow and infiltration investigation.

Rowley said during a recent camera inspection of the sewer lines on Prospect Street, the camera identified an issue with where the sewer service connects to the main. He told the Community Advocate that where the sewer service connects to a main there is a void that’s allowing in water and debris.

“We would like to get in there and have it repaired before we have a failure and have sewer backups and an emergency,” Rowley told the selectmen.

Rowley noted the repair is complex as the sewer line is about 14 feet deep. He anticipated that the crews may need a few days for repairs.

The Department of Public Works will inform the public by using CodeRED and news flash alerts and message alerts.

“It is a very well-traveled road. So, anything we can do to divert traffic will make it a lot easier,” Rowley said.

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