• A trench dug by the town of Spruce Pine to relocate a sewer line from the alley between Oak Avenue and Locust Street stretches down Topaz Street. The project fixed a recurring problem affecting the Twisted Laurel Gallery. PHOTO BY GABE CORNELL FOR THE NEWS-JOURNAL
    A trench dug by the town of Spruce Pine to relocate a sewer line from the alley between Oak Avenue and Locust Street stretches down Topaz Street. The project fixed a recurring problem affecting the Twisted Laurel Gallery. PHOTO BY GABE CORNELL FOR THE NEWS-JOURNAL

Relocation of damaged sewer line now complete

SPRUCE PINE – As of this past Friday, it was all over but the paving.

The town of Spruce Pine has spent many hours fixing a sewer problem in the alley between Oak Avenue and Locust Street. As of this past Monday, those repairs are now complete.

“I’m glad it’s over,” said Richard Canipe, Spruce Pine town manager. “We have installed the pump and everything seems to be working properly.”

Work began after Luther Stroup, owner of the Twisted Laurel Gallery, arrived at his business Tuesday, July 5, to find his building had been flooded with sewer for the third time in two years. 

A manhole was discovered after town employees dug up about six inches of asphalt behind Stroup’s business. 

To prevent future sewer problems at Twisted Laurel, the town ran a new line out of the alley onto and down Topaz Street, a fix Canipe maintained from early in the process was the more likely scenario. 

As for Twisted Laurel, Stroup has been forced to temporarily close the business while repairs are underway.

“A reopening date has not yet been determined,” Stroup said. “I’d like to be back open no later than Labor Day.”

Relocating the line in the alley behind Twisted Laurel is a major part of the process, Stroup said, but the issue of repairing the line that runs under his building remains, he said.

“It’s not a private line, it belongs to the town as well,” he said. “I have been assured it will be fixed.”

Stroup also thanked town officials and workers for fixing the problem.

“They worked very hard and diligently to get this taken care of and I can’t express how much I appreciate it,” he said. “There was a problem and they found it and fixed it.”

The ditch created by running the new line was filled with gravel this past Friday and paving was complete by noon this past Monday. The street is now open to traffic.

 

The MItchell News

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