A sewer separation project in downtown Zanesville will be put on hold.
It’s located near the intersection of Marietta Street by 8th and Hughes Streets.
Zanesville Public Service Director, Mike Sims, says crews have run into a problem. The underground soil is poor.
"The contractor is supposed to be working out of a six foot wide trench, and due to the wet, sandy material, we’re ending up with an extremely wide trench, " says Sims.
It’s a trench that Sims says looks like a sink hole.
So, the contractor has temporarily shut down the project for about a week until Sims hears back from the EPA. He says he hopes his department can come up with a quick re-design to help minimize the depth crews have to go to separate 15 connections from a storm sewer system.
Federal funds are paying for half the project, but the city’s Wastewater Division will have to pick up the rest.
"I would expect something substantial. When you have a 24 hours shift instead of an 8, 9, 10 hour shift, you know you’re going to have a pretty considerable bill for the manpower and equipment usage as well as additional excavation that was not planned for, " says Sims.
Sims says Marietta Street is now open to drivers but the intersection of Marietta with 8th and Hughes streets with remain closed until the project is completed.