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Multi-Year Drainage Improvement Project Along US 13 Making Progress

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SALISBURY, Md.- A multi-year drainage improvement project along US 13 Business in Salisbury is making progress. 

Crews were not out when WBOC stopped by the construction site early Wednesday morning, but you will catch them in action near Isabella Street any given day. 

Jeff Kadera lives close by and said he uses a lot of patience when traffic slows down because of the work.

"I travel that route exactly to work every single day and it's definitely needed," Kadera said.

Some places in Salisbury have been vulnerable to flooding over the years because of outdated drainage facilities that stopped functioning properly. 

In 2012, the Maryland State Highway Administration started its US 13 Drainage Improvement Project. Crews began by installing the outfall along the Wicomico River and have gradually been placing reinforced concrete pipe under residential streets en route to US 13 Business, according to SHA.

"You can tell in years past that when it does rain quite a bit, the streets do get flooded," Kadera said. "You have to take alternate routes around 13 just to get home or get to work or wherever you may be going."

The work has been challenging due to the close quarters and the need to coordinate with Salisbury's water valve replacement work that required brief service interruptions, according to SHA.

Crews recently finished extensive drainage and water line work beneath Isabella Street, Park Avenue and William Street. The roads were paved nicely once they were done.

There are six phases in the project. The most recent included work off US 13 Business between South Boulevard and College Avenue. That section started in early 2013 and ended in late September.

The $6.2 million is expected to be complete in fall of 2016. 

No parking is allowed while paving operations are under way.

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