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Crews install new water main in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The installation of a new water main in Rochester isn't slowing anyone.

Instead of tearing up the road at Broadway and 16th Street Southeast, crews are working under it. 

They used a drill to bore underneath Broadway, then pull pipes through the hole to the other side.

The hole is punched through about 8-9 feet below ground level so that the road and traffic are not disturbed, allowing traffic above to continue close to normal.

"Instead of messing with the traffic and open trenching across Broadway, the contractors are enlisting a horizontal boring method," said Mike Easley, Rochester Public Works construction supervisor.  "A hole is drilled from the west side of Broadway to the east side and, as you can see, the Broadway traffic continues to flow through the intersection."

It should take about a day and a half to do the underground work.

When the work is completed, the small amount of pavement that had to be removed will be replaced.

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