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August 5, 2013

Canal Street improvements underway

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The city will post construction updates at www.buildingsalem.com and aims to make this a smoother project than the recent overhaul of Bridge Street, Debski said.

“As long as people know what’s happening, as long as we communicate and (residents) have a place to go (with comments and questions), this will be a much better project,” she said.

The city estimates that Canal Street’s flooding problems affect more than 30 acres and 50 buildings.

The street has been known to flood even on sunny days when seawater comes up through storm drains during a moon tide. There is one stretch of the 11/2-mile road, in front of McDonald’s restaurant, where the road is high in the center and so low on the outside lanes that cars actually tilt to one side as if they were part of an amusement ride.

In May, the city was awarded a grant from the Federal and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agencies for drainage improvements on Canal Street. The city has been working closely with MEMA while planning the Canal Street improvements.

The city has hired DeFelice Corporation as contractor for this summer’s construction; engineering company Woodard and Curran is also on site during all work hours, said Debski. A construction trailer has been installed across from Crosby’s Market.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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