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Cottage Grove city officials peer into a section of the 6-foot-diameter concrete stormwater pipe being installed up to 40 feet below ground near the intersection of 70th Street and Keats Avenue. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

One piece at a time, large stormwater pipe buried in Cottage Grove

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Imagine trying to bury short cylinders end to end underground across a backyard.

Sound tricky?

Now try doing something similar — albeit on a much larger scale — with sections of concrete pipe at depths of roughly 40 feet across a full mile of sometimes rocky soil.


That is part of the work that’s creating the mess of dusty roads and traffic closures around Keats Avenue and 70th Street in Cottage Grove.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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