The latest combined sewer overflow project was just barely getting started Monday, closing the Eighth and Commercial streets intersection until April 22, when work ground to a halt for a historic find on the first day.

Under the pavement, workers found trolley tracks dating back more than 100 years.

According to state law, an archeologist now has to submit a report to the state of Oregon for approval for the city to continue working.

Public Works Director Ken Cook expects the permit to be issued at 2 p.m. today, with work resuming Wednesday.

“There used to be trolleys that ran all the way down Commercial,” Cook explained. “Our information when we started the project was that the trolley tracks had been removed, which we had confirmed in (one) location, but we didn’t know they were in this place.”

Cook said that if the state finds the tracks to be of significance, the city will have to work around it.

It is expected the state will allow work to continue, however, and that means ripping the trolley tracks out.

“If they are deemed not to be of historical significance, then they will be removed, likely taken to our yard, and offered to the historical society or whatever would be the council’s direction,” Cook said.

  

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