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Construction closes section of South Portland Greenbelt through at least July


SOUTH PORTLAND — A sewer project along the Greenbelt Walkway is expected to restrict access to part of the popular trail for most of the summer — if not longer.

The $1.5 million Greenbelt Trunkline Sewer Replacement initiative, which began Monday, June 17, will reduce the size and frequency of combined sewer overflow and is a requirement of the city’s stormwater permit.

The project involves replacing the sewer trunkline from the intersection of Mussey Street, down 3rd Street and onto the Greenbelt 800 feet toward Broadway.

There is conflicting information about when the project will be done.

Signs on the trail indicate it will be completed by July 31, but a letter sent to residents May 29 indicated the work would extend through August. City Water Resource Protection Director Patrick Cloutier said June 18 that the schedule is tentative.

Resident Construction Inspector Mike Kane of Sebago Technics, who works for the city, said the work schedule depends on how much weather interferes over the summer. The contract dates, he said, allow for construction into October, but he hopes the project will be finished by the end of August.

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