The repairs to the culvert, which carries the
That's if crews don't have to use overtime to get the work done before winter and if excavation doesn't uncover any surprises, Cunningham said. He expects to have firmer numbers once the excavation work is complete.
The plan is to replace the existing 135-foot culvert with a new 10-foot-diameter pipe made with concrete and reinforced with steel, according to
The culvert, which dates back to 1904 and is made of limestone blocks mortared together, likely deteriorated quickly due to its age, said
Once one block fell, other portions became less secure, he said late last month when the damage escalated and Washington had to be closed to traffic just west of downtown.
"Think of a brick wall," Sauter added. "You start to taking out some of those bricks, (and) it's a really unstable structure."
Cunningham said the plan is to use existing debt taken out to fund infrastructure improvements across the city, but he added Monday evening that he has also reached out to federal and state agencies to see if additional funding options are available.
The city is also planning on filing an insurance claim, though it is unclear whether the insurance company will challenge the claim, Cunningham added. The deductible for the policy, which includes culverts, is
The damaged portion of Washington was closed
Crews then removed 100 by 100 feet of pavement from the roadway, city spokesman
A sanitary sewer bypass -- designed to prevent a rupture of the sanitary sewer line that runs underneath
Another bypass to address the backed-up
The two bypasses have prevented those concerns from becoming a reality, but the rain has washed away some of the newly uncovered soil in the excavation area and made the ground slicker for crews, Motley said. To create a more stable surface for vehicles, a gravel roadway has been installed, and a person will monitor the river bypass overnight for as long as the rains continue to ensure the pump keeps working.
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