JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – A months-long project to replace and repair sewer lines dating back to the 1800s on S. Roan St. will take longer than expected.
For more than five months S. Roan St. between Market and Buffalo St. has remained closed. Public works tells News Channel 11 that they now plan to have the project completed by the end of November and not September as originally planned.
They say a series of other projects and some unexpected utility trouble underground has pushed the completion date back.
The city is working to replace water, electrical and gas pipes, add sidewalks and new crosswalks as well as add greenery to the area.
Public Works Director, Phil Pindzola said they’re now on schedule.
“I wish it didn’t take this long but that’s just the nature of the beast, when you get into underground utilities, having to reconstruct street, you don’t know what you find sometimes,” Pindzola said.
According to Pindzola, the pipes haven’t been touched up for nearly 80 years and the end product should be a nice added benefit to the streets cape of downtown Johnson City.
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