1890s-era sewer replaced in Cow Hollow 

A collapsed 120-year old sewer was replaced beneath a block of Vallejo Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood.

During an inspection, sections of the sewer were discovered to have cracked and collapsed between Pierce and Steiner streets.

The work cost roughly $200,000 and was completed late last month after San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Ed Harrington declared an emergency, allowing the agency to hire Shaw Pipeline Inc. to do the work without calling for competitive bids.

Agency commissioners on Tuesday voted to retroactively ratify Harrington’s emergency declaration.

Sewer repairs and replacements are funded with water bills.

The agency is working on a plan to increase the rate at which sewers are replaced in The City.

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