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Commerce Street Project Looks To Finish Sooner Than Expected

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SMYRNA, Del.- Residents in Smyrna can look forward to new water and sewer pipes thanks to a utility replacement project. The project originally started as a night time project in order for it not to interfere with daytime traffic. Since the project has switched to daytime hours, the town says the project is moving faster than expected and should be complete sooner.

"We have a lot of water and sewer systems that are 60 and 70, 80 years old," said Town Manager, Dave Hugg. "They desperately need to be replaced."

According to town officials, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Commerce Street will be closed due to construction. Usually construction of this nature takes place during the evening hours.

"The first few days of work, as you could expect, we heard from a number of residents about the noise and the fact that it was keeping them up at night," said Hugg.

The town then asked DelDOT if the construction times could be switched to daytime hours. At first there were questions about whether this would affect traffic and cause other problems. But according to the town, so far things have been working out for the better.

"I'm sure you're going to find people who aren't happy that we're there in the middle of the day either but it turns out that there's not a lot of school bus traffic on that stretch of road so that wasn't really an issue," explain Hugg. "It gives contractors basically 12 hours a day now to work so the project should get done quicker."

According to Hugg, the town is hoping construction will be completed around Thanksgiving.

"This is the stretch that a lot of traffic on that street, a lot of wear and tear over the years," said Hugg. "It's kind of one of those desperate needs to be repaired while it's still hasn't broken completely."

For more information on this project, visit the town of Smyrna's website at smyrna.delaware.gov

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