An ambitious update to Spello’s streets and utility services

(November 3, 2015) It’s been about eighteen months since the project began to dig up the main streets of Spello, and replace the outdated water, gas, power, sewer and other underground piping—long overdue, especially for those who have experienced sewer “issues” in their homes. Because there is one principal route up through Spello, just one lane wide, taking on this task has had to be carefully planned to allow traffic to circulate around the construction areas on the main street—and still allow deliveries, access to homes and businesses, and the flow of tourists touring Spello on foot.

One of Spello's alleys, with old stone pavers

One of Spello’s old alleys, with worn brick and stone pavers

Original paving, with steps down for secure footing

Original alley paving, with brick and stone steps for secure footing

Alley down beyond the ceramics shop

Another old alley passing beyond the ceramics shop on Via Giulia

Stone pavers in a small piazza

Stone pavers in a small piazza in front of a former convent

The result has been a patchwork of construction areas, some far separated from the last area opened and repaired, because of the need to keep travel options open for residents and visitors. Some portions of the main one-way street have had temporary street lights installed, making the street passable both ways—in turn—to get residents in and out. It’s some masterful planning, and has been so very slow (it seems), yet major stretches of the route have been completed. In addition to the old piping needing replacement, and the utility outages that must accompany the work, the old Roman aquaduct runs right down the main street, and needs to be preserved and protected—sometimes creating real dilemmas for planning the route of the new pipes.

Excavation along Via Giulia

Temporary walkways over the excavation along Via Giulia

Working around the old Roman acquaduct

Working around the old Roman aquaduct

The Roman Arch, near my house

The Roman Arch, near my house

Extensive new tubing replacing outdated plumbing

Extensive new tubing replacing outdated plumbing

Brick protection around the Roman Arch footings

Brick protection around the Roman Arch footings

Slowly, section by section, the underground utilities are being upgraded and modernized, and the streets are being repaved with stone blocks and cobblestone sidewalks—a big improvement over what was previously pothole-filled asphalt.

Laying down the new stone pavers

Laying down the new stone pavers in Via Giulia

Heavy, slow work--stone pavers going in

Heavy, slow work–stone pavers going in

New pavement near Il Trombone restaurant

New pavement near Il Trombone restaurant fountain

Cobblestone sidewalks flank the new roadway

Cobblestone sidewalks flank the new roadbed

Sidewalks and stone pavers in place, finished job

Sidewalks and stone pavers in place, a finished job

 

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