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Norfolk woman claims construction work has caused damage to her home

Construction in front of Sarah Snow’s Westover Avenue home has put cracks on the walls of her century-old house she says. 

“You’ll be up on the second floor or the third floor and the house will actually shake back and forth,” Snow said.

The road work throughout Ghent and Downtown Norfolk keeps piling up.

Repairs to sewage lines have been underway for more than six months and the work is barely halfway done.

“It’s crazy trying to navigate our way through the neighborhood,” Snow said. “And I feel like most people don’t have any idea who is doing what project, so it’s like here’s a new group doing something and we don’t really know what they’re doing, how long they’re going to be here.”

John Keifer, with Norfolk Public Works, understands the frustration.

“It’s very disruptive when it happens, but very important that we’re getting it done,” said Keifer, Norfolk Public Works Director.

The work that’s being done now won’t have to be done again for another 60 to 70 years.

But that doesn’t make the next six months of detours and torn up roads any easier to deal with.

“I mean it’s a little inconvenient, but like I said, it’s a small price to pay for the improvements in the city,” said Jeanna Perin, who lives on Westover Avenue.

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