(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3, 2015) It’s been about eighteen months since the project began to dig up the main streets of Spello, and replace the outdated water, gas, power, sewer and other underground piping—long overdue, especially for those who have experienced sewer “issues” in their homes.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.
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.
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.