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Fascination: Grove Street reconstruction

... patterns, color, muscle, machines

Photos and story by Natalie Thomson

Last May's unforgettable storm got no hurricane name. It has the distinction of being called the "Mother's Day Flood" by the Emergency Management office. It put Melrose in a position to follow through on replacing some of the city's sewer pipes and, in some cases, redirecting the flow therein. This was explained by Michael Greeley, Asst. Civil Engineer in the city's Dept. of Public Works.

"The project has been in a research stage for 'several' years. It has sort of been an off and on thing for the past five or six years," according to Mr. Greeley. All of our drinking water is pumped into the city and all of our sewerage is pumped out. By replacing the sewer means, it could help with sewerage rates which will increase future infrastructure projects.

There will be work somewhere on the route for about twelve months. The main players are Grove, Laurel and Upham Streets. The artistry in capturing builders and their equipment at work surely produces an album featuring a multitude of talents.



Diggers without shovels.  Motors without mufflers.




NO WAY OUT!.................................................Men and Machines




It's a scoop (picture-wise)...............................Multi-jobber (behind the shovel)




Bigger than life




Builders links behind chain links.....................Ready?  GO!




2 Escavators -- 2 men -- 1 big pipe....................1 trench




It's brains and brawn and bravery


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