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Under cover

City of Danville employee Ken Stratton worked on removing a large rusted metal plate that covered a 9-foot deep chute once used to dump coal down in front of the Farmers Bank building on West Main Street Tuesday morning. Stratton said the plate was unsafe for pedestrians so the city was having it removed and the chute permanently sealed with bridge decking and concrete.

Stratton carefully steps down into the chute.

Stratton lifts a circular shaw out of the chute in front of Farmers Bank on West Main Street.

City employee Ken Stratton lifts a piece of metal that will be used to hold concrete in place.

Stratton drills holes for the rebar to be inserted before the concrete is poured in order to seal off the chute.