The village of Melrose is planning on fixing sewer lines in 2018 after cracks were recently discovered on Polleys Street in Melrose.

“Our lines are quite old and we had some of them televised and they are starting to get cracked and have breaks in them,” Ray Knudtson, Melrose Superintendent of Public Works, said.

The cracks were found after the sewer lines were recently televised.

“Under regular maintenance we found out this was going on, so that is why we are going to try and repair them,” Knudtson said.

Instead of digging up the sewer lines, which are 18 feet deep, the plan is to instead fix them using a lining.

“We are just running a new liner inside the pipe that will seal it up and be good for a long time,” Tory Lockington, chair of the Sewer Committee, said.

Using the liner is also much more cost-effective than fixing the pipe by digging it up.

“It is easier and less costly than digging up streets and all that and putting in new pipe. This liner lasts for a very long time,” Lockington said.

Most of the sewer lines in Melrose were constructed in the late 30s and early 40s.

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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