LEWISTON – Gas line crews have started ripping pavement along Sabattus Street, the first road-reducing project of the summer.
Crews from Northern Utilities will be working in the westbound lanes of Sabattus Street through April.
They began work at the South Temple Street intersection Wednesday, according to city engineering technician Wes Enman. They’ll continue working their way back toward downtown over the next few weeks, digging holes in the road every 300 feet to insert new gas lines.
“They’re not digging a full trench, so it won’t be as bad as it could be,” Enman said. The work will keep the westbound lane of Sabattus Street closed in places through May.
The Northern Utilities crews will also be working on side streets along the way, from South Temple Street to Ridgewood Avenue.
A second Northern Utilities crew will begin digging a trench along Bartlett Street next week, between Sabattus Street and Adams Avenue.
Road paving crews are scheduled to begin work on the same Sabattus Street stretch beginning in May. That work is being paid for by the Maine Department of Transportation.
Enman said the city is still working on the schedule for other road projects. Crews are scheduled to replace a water line south along Lisbon Street beginning at Pleasant Street. He does not know when that project is scheduled to begin.