Repairs Adding Up

by Brittany Harris on March 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

The Zanesville City Water Department is continuing to deal with projects around the area.

Last week, crews discovered a collapsed pipe beneath Brandywine Boulevard near Colony Square Mall. An engineer from the pipe manufacturer is coming in on Thursday to assess the actual damage.

"They have the equipment and the ability and knowledge to go in and evaluate the rest of that culvert structurally to make sure that we don’t have issues with maintaining traffic flow on Brandywine," said Public Service Director Mike Sims.

Sims said the project is going to be expensive with one foot of piping costing around $800.00. He said they do not have the funds to support the needed repairs and are already dealing with other issues.

"We have 40 million dollars worth of sewer separations we have to do over the next ten years and we didn’t need another half million dollar project to add to the list, but unfortunately we will deal with it as best we can as soon as we can," he said.

An ordinance must be passed by City Council in order to receive any financial assistance. If none can be provided, Sims said a last resort may be to take out a short-term low-interest loan. Brandywine Blvd. will remain open for the time being.