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Moving forward



Crews from Gorham-based Shaw's Brothers Construction lay gas lines under Main Street through Thornton Heights in South Portland Tuesday. The work is part of a $12 million, four-phase plan, for which voters approved a $3.5 million bond this past November, to modernize the city's sewer and stormdrain system, to keep heavy rains from backing up the sewers and overflowing effluent into the drain. Work is moving apace and, according to Shaw's supervisor Josh Fairweather, 40 percent of the new sewer lines being installed on Main Street and surrounding areas are already in place. Once work is finished underground, plans call for a total revamp of Main Street, narrowing the lanes and adding wide sidewalks and esplanades, to give the portion from Route 9 to Skunk Hill in Thornton Heights a more neighborhood feel, supplanting the major highway look it has had for the better part of the last century. (Duke Harrington photo) Crews from Gorham-based Shaw's Brothers Construction lay gas lines under Main Street through Thornton Heights in South Portland Tuesday. The work is part of a $12 million, four-phase plan, for which voters approved a $3.5 million bond this past November, to modernize the city's sewer and stormdrain system, to keep heavy rains from backing up the sewers and overflowing effluent into the drain. Work is moving apace and, according to Shaw's supervisor Josh Fairweather, 40 percent of the new sewer lines being installed on Main Street and surrounding areas are already in place. Once work is finished underground, plans call for a total revamp of Main Street, narrowing the lanes and adding wide sidewalks and esplanades, to give the portion from Route 9 to Skunk Hill in Thornton Heights a more neighborhood feel, supplanting the major highway look it has had for the better part of the last century. (Duke Harrington photo)

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