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Emergency sewer repairs snarl State College traffic

A sewer line broke along Calder Way in State College on Wednesday, causing Fraser Street to be closed to traffic for most of the day.
A sewer line broke along Calder Way in State College on Wednesday, causing Fraser Street to be closed to traffic for most of the day. CDT photo

Emergency sewer line repairs slowed traffic in downtown State College on Wednesday.

According to the State College borough, repairs had the 100 block of North Atherton Street down to one lane in both directions late in the afternoon.

The borough received a report of a sewer blockage from one of the businesses in that area, public works Director Mark Whitfield said. A plumber was called but was unable to open the line, prompting the call to the borough.

Workers went out to open the line, but the road cutter got wedged in the line along Atherton, he said. They tried to use a backhoe to dislodge the cutter, but were unable to free it.

“We must be faced with some kind of a collapsed, broken line,” he said. “The only way to get to it now is to dig it up.”

The borough is looking at making a temporary repair to the line for now, he said. A permanent repair will probably be made in the summer.

Similar problems closed Fraser Street between West College Avenue and Calder Way for much of the day, but work was completed and the street reopened at about 5 p.m.

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