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Faith Bemiss | DemocratKurt Birdsong, foreman for Lehman's Construction of California, Mo., runs the trackhoe excavator behind Ewing-Shutte-Semler Funeral home Tuesday afternoon, while laborer Chris Floyd exits the hole, during construction of a new sewer line. The group has been contracted to replace the sewer pipe from Osage to Lamine avenues between Broadway Boulevard and Seventh Street.
Faith Bemiss | DemocratKurt Birdsong, foreman for Lehman's Construction of California, Mo., runs the trackhoe excavator behind Ewing-Shutte-Semler Funeral home Tuesday afternoon, while laborer Chris Floyd exits the hole, during construction of a new sewer line. The group has been contracted to replace the sewer pipe from Osage to Lamine avenues between Broadway Boulevard and Seventh Street.
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Crews continued work Tuesday to replace a sewer line in the alley between West Broadway Boulevard and West Seventh Street. The 18-inch line was old and broken, causing numerous sewer backups, said Director of Public Works Bill Beck. Work will be ongoing until the entire line, from South Osage to South Lamine avenues, is replaced.


“We have the next phase of the streetscape project coming up and we knew we wanted to get that old sewer line fixed before we started that work,” Beck said. “We’ll be replacing roughly 800 feet of line.”


The work is part of the city’s $30 million sewer project and was budgeted at about $209,000. Contract crews have until June 5 to complete the replacement, but Beck said it would likely be finished sooner than that, depending on weather.

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