PENDLETON - The section of downtown Southeast First Street between Byers and Court avenues closed Tuesday for sewer repairs. The city plans to reopen the street in about five working days, barring any hitches.

Some drivers may have been unable to access the sections of Byers Street on both sides of First Street as workers closed that intersection beginning around noon Tuesday.

However, that intersection should remain open until workers return to patch the road.

While the section of First Street will remain inaccessible through Friday, it will be opened for traffic over the weekend, according to the Pendleton Public Works office. It will be closed again Monday until project completion.

"The problem we've had is there are businesses on Main Street that share a common sewer," said Public Works Director Bob Patterson.

Backup problems with that particular line were causing problems for some businesses.

Normally, individual businesses and residences have private sewer lines connecting to the city network. In this case, Urban Renewal dollars will be used to replace the shared private connection with a new city line.

There are other instances in the city of shared sewer lines, often due to unusual topography, that sometimes cause civil disputes between residents, Patterson said.

"We trying to work on alleviating those issues, and it's just going to take time," Patterson said.

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