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Published October 01, 2012, 10:10 PM

Dry soil affecting street and sidewalk pavement

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Dry conditions are keeping city crews busy this fall.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Dry conditions are keeping city crews busy this fall.

The dry soil is shifting in spots meaning sunken and broken pavement on streets and sidewalks.

There is a concern that some sunken pavement could lead to manhole damage by winter plows.

The city is also seeing a spike in water main breaks.

The majority of those are the old cast iron pipes in the older sections of the city.

A water main replacement project has been ongoing for decades.

April Walker, City Engineer: “We've been doing water main replacement for a number of years and we'll continue to do it for many years to come to get through the remaining 55 miles that's out there but we're aware of it and we're working with them.”

It is estimated it will take another 10 years to finish replacing that 55 miles of water mains.

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