NORWAY — Reconstruction of Route 26 along Fair Street is proceeding cautiously to ensure the safety of workers, Town Manager David Holt said.

Holt said this week that there are hundreds of encased phone lines that have to be dug around, and with an open trench some 18 to 20 feet deep in very sandy soil, the safety of the workers is the prime consideration.

“Those of us waiting in traffic find the delays understandably frustrating, but it is important that the town keep up its infrastructure and the contractor get through the project safely before school starts,” he said.

The $1.2 million job to replace old sewer and water lines on Fair Street from Grove to Green streets is expected to be completed by the start of school in late August.

Businesses in the area are still accessible to customers at all times.

Engineer Robert Prue said the timing of the project was done largely to avoid a problem with school bus schedules in the fall.

The construction is part of a multi-year program to upgrade most of the town’s lines and separate storm water from the sewer to prolong the life of the treatment plant. The project will also improve drainage in the Green Street area and on Route 26.

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