The city’s Combined Sewer Overflow project is back on, after the state of Oregon issued authorization to continue working on the Eighth and Commercial street intersection – the site where historic trolley tracks were discovered Monday.
Work was stalled when the tracks were uncovered, as an archaeologist was called in to file a report. The state could either deem the tracks historically significant, forcing the city to work around them, or issue the city a permit to continue.
Wednesday, the project started back up again with state permission.
“Late this morning the city of Astoria received authorization from (the State Historic Preservation Office) to resume construction,” a press release read Wednesday. “The contractor, Tapani, will expose any remaining buried historic trolley tracks and the city will document this feature. Upon completion of final documentation and concurrence from SHPO, the trolley tracks will be removed and salvaged by the city.”
The Combined Sewer Overflow project will keep the intersection closed through at least April 22, before moving throughout the core part of the city from various parts of Eighth to 12th streets. The project will separate sewer from stormwater lines to prevent sewage from discharging into the Columbia River during heavy rains.
In all, more than 10,000 feet of new stormwater pipe will be installed.
All work must be completed by Dec. 1, as part of the agreement between the city of Astoria and the Department of Environmental Quality.
This story originally appeared in Daily Astorian.