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US, Canadian GPS differences lead to pipe break

September 7, 2012
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FORT KENT, Maine—Authorities say differences between GPS systems in the U.S. and Canada were behind the international bridge construction error this summer that severed a wastewater discharge pipe.

A spokeswoman for the New Brunswick Department of Transportation tells the Bangor Daily News ( http://bit.ly/Spyivw) the GPS coordinate system upon which surveys typically are based is different in the U.S. than in Canada.

She says the problem was not, as has been speculated, a failure to convert metric and standard measurements.

Workers on the bridge connecting Fort Kent and Clair, New Brunswick, were installing a large metal wall in July when a pipe carrying treated effluent from the Fort Kent wastewater treatment plant to the river was severed.

The error had no environmental effects.

The cost of the $13.9 million project is being shared.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com

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