Excavator operator Jim Richards of E.L. Vining & Son Inc. digs a hole Monday to replace an old drain line that runs under the Crop Paper Scissors store building on Front Street in Farmington, Vining foreman Gerard Bourassa said Monday. The drain line takes care of run-off from roofs, cellars and foundations in downtown Farmington. The project, which is expected to take about three days, temporarily closes a section of Front Street from Broadway to the Narrow Gauge Cinema parking lot entrance. During the heavy rains this summer, joints in the old system couldn’t take the pressure of backed-up water, some coming down from Main Street. Some joints broke, leaving a sinkhole in the road, Farmington Public Works supervisor Denis Castonguay said previously.

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