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New Gas Main Stalls Traffic on Harrison Avenue

HARRISON, N.Y. - Construction season continued on Harrison Avenue this week when workers planted themselves in one lane to replace an underground gas main. The construction had traffic detoured around the residential area to avoid congestion.

Harrison police blocked off the north lane going toward White Plains on Harrison Avenue between Union Avenue and Sunny Ridge Road so construction crews, in collaboration with Consolidated Edison, could dig underground to replace a metal gas main.

A larger and more sustainable plastic pipe will be inserted and completed to allow regular traffic flow within three weeks, according to Fred Heyde of White Plains' Birdsall Engineering .

"There have been a few minor road bumps, but things have overall gone well," Heyde said.

Heyde said the goal is to have the work done by the time school starts up so it doesn't interfere with traffic flow.

"We've got a shot at it," he said.

The construction started on Monday and has worked its way down Harrison Avenue with each day. The current metal gas main was getting old and corroded, Heyde said.

"My guess is that it was installed sometime in the '50s," Heyde said. "But this is normal procedure and similar work is being done across the United States."

As metal gas mains corrode, they are more susceptible to leakage. Heyde said the newer plastic main being installed is larger and will last longer for the town.

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