Nichole Hannahs

Costly Repairs for Brandywine Culvert

by Nichole Hannahs on March 24, 2011 at 11:03 am

Cost estimates for a Brandywine Boulevard culvert collapse is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A structural engineer has taken a look at the culvert that runs along, behind and under the property at Colony Square Mall and has determined about 100 feet of the pipe needs replaced. The pipe costs about $800 a foot.

"That’s just the materials," explained Public Service Director Mike Sims. "We’re looking at several hundred thousand dollars probably. We won’t know until we get the final design back from the firm."

The engineering firm works closely with the only manufacture of the pipe, so Sims hopes City Council will approve the manufacture to design the project, since they’re familiar with the material.

"At the moment we’re looking with the Ohio Public Works Commission that has an emergency funding pool for disasters such as this where there’s an actual failure," said Sims.

If Ohio Public Works won’t fund the project Sims said they’ll have to take a look at a short term loan for the project. Once the design is approved by Council it will be put out to bid. In the meantime the street department will check the road daily for any signs of further collapse.