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New pipes arrive at Fraser sinkhole site, installation expected to begin Aug. 1

FRASER, Mich. – New pipes started arriving Thursday at the site of the collapsed sewer line in Fraser.

The pipes 7,000 pound pipes, called HOBAS pipes, are 9 feet 2 inches in diameter and 20-feet long. Fourteen of 199 of the pipes have been delivered, and installation is slated to begin Aug. 1.

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“It is very, very strong, it is high-tech, it is state-of-the art for the industry,” said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candace Miller.

The life expectancy of the pipes is 200 to 300 years.

Miller said a portion of the interceptor that has not yet collapsed will be relined, as well as the collapsed interceptor for a total of 4,000 feet of pipe.

Three homes have been condemned since the sinkhole was discovered on Dec. 24. Work has been ongoing, and crews have installed cement and steel beams to reinforce the area.

Crews believe that once the pipes are installed, sewage will flow through the area again by Labor Day.

Bob Smith, the chairman of the Macomb County commission said residents have been patient and understanding of the repair work.

Some residents in the neighborhood across the street told Local 4 they are frustrated and some want to sell their homes.

“We know that this community is never going to have another sinkhole,” Miller said. “It’s not going to happen.”

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