ELLSWORTH — Traffic on High Street Thursday afternoon is moving slowly, as the city has closed Bayside Road for the day to all but residents of the road while Sargent Corp. installs pipe for the new wastewater treatment plant.
Mike Harris, wastewater superintendent, said Sargent was finishing the work as of 2:20 p.m. and should have the road open sometime after 3.
Police Chief John DeLeo said Sargent had to totally shut down the road to get this portion of the project finished. The other alternative was to completely close the road for 15-minute increments then stop working to let traffic move then close the road again.
That schedule would have taken about four days, so they decided to try to get everything done in a day, the chief said.
With the complete closure, “they thought they could get done what they’re trying to do in one day,” DeLeo said.
Harris explained that the effluent line to the new plant runs down the High Street side of the Bayside Road and then it has to cross over to the river side and they were doing the crossing today.
“They were originally going to have one lane of traffic, but because of the width of the trench they had to dig and the length of the pipe, they didn’t think it would be safe to maintain one-way traffic,” said Harris.
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