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Work continues on sewer line repair

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

Workers from Hawkins and Price Construction pump water from a manhole on Monday. Construction continues on the Metro Utility Department repair project, which is about 35 percent complete according to engineer Jimmy Highers. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Work continues on the Metro Utility District sewer line repairs between Main Street near SR 50 and Hwy. 55.

During the Metro Utility Board meeting on Dec. 10, board members heard an engineer’s report from Jimmy Highers, of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood. Highers said the project is progressing as planned.

“The project is right at 35 percent complete,” said Highers, while addressing the utility board. “We’re going into a little more difficult weather, but I really don’t see any problems with it. (They) will try not to tear up any more of the creek bank … try to keep it from eroding.”

Workers are repairing what is one of the city’s main transmission lines, while also replacing a number of manholes. The repairs to the lines, which are approaching 40 years old according to Metro Utility Department manager Rick Garland, are necessary to eliminate groundwater infiltration.

Cracks and holes in the sewer lines were allowing excess water to enter the line, thus reaching the sewer plant.

“They are laying main sewer line,” said Garland. “Right now they are in part of the same ditch line. If they have to get away from that, they are having to (go through) some rock; and that’s quite a lengthy process right there. Plus they are replacing the majority of those manholes.”

While the existing line has been there for decades, Garland said he expects the new line to last just as long.

“I probably shouldn’t see anything like this again in my lifetime,” he said. “That should probably last another 40 or 50 years.”

The repairs are expected to move across Hwy. 55 and continue there as well. Garland said after the work is complete, the only thing the department should have to be concerned with is point repair — repairing smaller, more specific problems, such as a broken pipe.

He added that once the work is finished, a crew will seed and straw the area so it will return to its natural state.