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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Bad (pipe) dream

NEEDHAM/REGION

Public Works officials have a message for drivers that is probably redundant for anyone who regularly uses Route 128: Expect delays along the section of the highway running through Needham.

Next month, contractors will begin a $3 million reconstruction four water mains running underneath the Kendrick Street Bridge and the east side of Route 128.

Town Engineer Tony DelGaizo said the project includes straightening out the water mains that zig-zag under the highway. The reconstruction will reduce the number of pipe breakages near the highway, he said.

Residents will start seeing black-coated steel pipes laid out along town roadways. Officials will send out permission slips to homeowners whose properties must be accessed by contractors to complete the project, said DelGaizo. The construction mostly will affect residents of Gould Street, Crawford Street, Hunting Road, Sachem Road, David Road, and Kendrick Street.

The construction is expected to be completed by July 2008.

- Lauren K. Meade

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