Months after closure, a heavily traveled road in Zanesville will re-open.
Since may, Brandywine Boulevard has been closed to repair a culvert that collapsed in March of 2011. After some minor setbacks the road is set to be paved by Friday and open for traffic late next week..
"Brandywine is moving along well now. It’s been a long process and we’ve had a few days where we did have rain that has caused some problems with them having to clean the pipe back out so that kind of de-rails the days worth of work if they have to do that," said Zanesville Public Service Director, Mike Sims.
Crews are lining the bottom of the pipe to prevent against corrosion from heavy rains. It will also lengthen the life and structural integrity of the pipe.
"It was worth it to do that especially after seeing where we did have some perforations in the older sections of the pipe so we think we’ve got that now strengthened up to where it should be good to go for a long time," said Sims
Due to the diameter and height of the culvert it now qualifies as a bridge so it will receive an annual inspection by the civil engineer. Sims expects the pipe will last twenty years before needing replaced.