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Park Work: Sewer project shuts down stretch of Riverfront Park

Sewer work has closed a portion of Riverfront Park in Uptown Harrisburg to visitors.

A large swath of Riverfront Park in Uptown Harrisburg will be closed until the end of October for a major sewer project, Capital Region Water announced today.

Andrew Bliss, community outreach manager, said that CRW has closed a five-block stretch of the park between Shamokin and Emerald streets to rehabilitate the Front Street sewer interceptor in that area.

Park users will be detoured to the sidewalk across Front Street, Bliss said. He said that “Road Work Ahead” signage has been posted on Front and Division streets to warn users.

This project will install 2,000 feet of new pipe liner, called “cured-in-place” pipe, to rehabilitate the 30-inch diameter clay sewer pipe, according to CRW. Aboveground pipes will be placed along the park in the project area to bypass flows during the cured-in-place pipe installation.

The 105-year-old Front Street sewer interceptor carries an average of 2 million gallons of wastewater every day from Harrisburg and Susquehanna Township, said CRW.

“Capital Region Water is committed to protecting public safety and the environment by properly maintaining our wastewater collection system,” said CRW board Chairman Marc Kurowski. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during construction while we address critical and aging infrastructure.”

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