City’s Fitzwater Street reopened ahead of schedule

The westbound lane of Fitzwater Street between West Main and Hill Street that had been shut down to repair a collapsed sewer pipe was reopened to traffic ahead of schedule. 

The work on the sewer line coincided with the beginning of the $5.5 million overhaul of Fitzwater Street that will include upgrading the rest of the old 8-inch terra cotta sewer pipes in the area by lining them with a type of plastic.

The project also includes the installation of a new sewage pump station that should be completed in one year, according to city officials.

In 2016, a deal between the city and the developer of two lots at the Salisbury Marina required the developer to relocate the pump station that currently sits on one of the marina lots. The deal also required the developer to purchase land at Fitzwater and Pearl streets and donate it to the city, and to pay $25,000 toward the construction of the new pump station.

Once the sewer work is completed, crews will mill and repave the street between Delaware Avenue and the West Main Street drawbridge. Some road grade angle alterations will be used to ease problems with ponding. 

New streetscaping will follow, with curbing, sidewalks and lighting to match the improvements already in place on Main Street in Downtown Salisbury.

As work progresses, drivers can expect to encounter periodic inconveniences that may be caused by the temporary closure of a lane in one direction or the other. However, contractor TK Construction does not anticipate any closure that will affect the flow of traffic in both directions simultaneously, city officials said. 

Access to all businesses along this stretch of Fitzwater and West Main streets — Mad Hatter Cafe, Brew River and Ugly Pie — and the Salisbury Marina will be maintained at all times, and there will be no impact on municipal parking lots or the lot at Brew River, according to city officials.

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