Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 17, 2013

Neighbors question National Grid plan to dig up street

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The primary conduit, he said, is 4 to 5 feet off the edge of the pavement, meaning the trench will go into lawns that may or may not have fences and other landscaping. He said while the work will impact residents’ front yards and shrubbery, he assured that everything would be returned to its original state or better.

Janet Swartz at 22 Algonquin Ave. was concerned about underground sprinkler systems and wondered what plans were being made to make sure they weren’t damaged. She also said she has wires in her front yard that help guide a robotic lawn mower that need to be moved before the yard can be dug up.

“We ask that the plans be more accurate so people have an idea if the trench is in their lawn or not,” she said.

Guild asked if National Grid had done a cost-benefit analysis of the repairs and whether it was really needed.

“In their street-opening permit, is there an analysis that justifies doing this?” he asked. “Did the town get a quantifiable analysis of the gain? What is the percentage of outages that will be eliminated by replacement of the primary line?”

He added, “Will this fix it?”

Selectmen delayed a vote on the proposal for a month until National Grid could supply answers to the neighbors’ questions.

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