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Improving drainage

The Hampton Roads Sanitation Division is relocating sewage drain lines to accommodate the Virginia Department of Transportation’s project to improve storm drainage in downtown Mathews, said VDOT project inspector Mike Goings. In top photo, workers with the contractor, Howard Brothers, dig a hole in the parking lot between Mathews Insurance Agency and Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home on Tuesday in preparation for moving the vacuum sewer line on Wednesday. But VDOT ran into a bit of a bump on Route 611 next to Mathews Fire Station 1, at bottom, when they located part of the old sewer line, which has been in place since the 1970s, and realized that they might run into the old line while installing the new line, said VDOT construction manager Bill Collins. To fix the problem, they’re putting a pipe on top of the ground temporarily to bypass the existing sewer line. Collins said once that’s done, even if the old line is nicked during construction, it won’t be an issue. T...

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