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Better Cable Systems crew members dig around the South Boston fire station. / February 24, 2020
The expansion of the South Boston fire station is under way as crews spent the day Friday digging up buried internet cables around the building.

The cables, enclosed in pipes, stand in the way of the building expansion, which will add 7,300 square feet to the fire station for office functions, living quarters and four vehicle bays.

Buried two feet underground, the communications cables will be relocated to the exterior perimeter of the new wing and placed eight to 10 feet below ground. At that depth, building contractors will be able to grade the site more efficiently.

“Construction crews would have more than likely hit the pipes several times, due to low level at which they were buried,” said Tim Whitlow, project supervisor with Better Cable Systems.

Better Cable Systems, located in Roxboro N.C., has been subcontracted by MBC (Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation) to handle the job. It is a first step in the building project, followed by site preparation and the construction of the building itself.

Once finished, the expansion will nearly double the size of the fire station and allow firefighters to keep all of the vehicle fleet inside when not in use. That includes the ladder truck, the largest firefighting vehicle in the county.

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