Fiber optic cable installation scheduled for Marietta's Fourth Street

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MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) It isn't road construction this time, but a major project on a Marietta street might cause some problems for drivers.

Work is expected to begin Friday, November 17, on a fiber optic cable for Marietta Memorial Hospital.

It will begin at Warren street and end at the hospital, involving drilling as far as nine feet underground.

Traffic will be maintained during the month-long project, but there could be some delays.

"If there does have to be a disruption, it would not be a complete closure," says Joe Tucker, Marietta City Engineer. "It would be impacting one lane at the most. If there is any lane closure, they are to provide 72 hours notice, and provide proper flagging and signage, so the public is aware there is work going on."

The hospital is installing the extra cable as a backup, in case there's a failure in its primary line.

Tucker says there also should be little disruption in on-street parking.

The project is scheduled to be completed December 15.