LIMA — Due to a construction accident and aging pipes, the repairs to a 54-inch sewer line collapse near the intersection of Jameson Avenue and High Street will most likely continue for “several weeks,” according to Lima Utilities Director Mike Caprella.
Since the project began in early December, Jameson Avenue near Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center has been re-routed as a one-way lane for southbound traffic.
Caprella said the city had initially planned to reline the sewer, but the project’s initial finish date was extended when a contractor working on the project bumped into the liner and caused a collapse. Due to the mistake, the city had to push back its completion date.
The Jameson Avenue sewer relining is just one aspect of a major rehaul of the city’s aging sewer system, some parts of which can be traced back to 1910. Caprella said the city will enter phase 2 of the project in 2019 to take advantage of no-interest loans provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Caprella said the city explored a major sewer project two years ago to investigate the aging pipes and identify any problem areas. Due to the information gathered, the city has plans to reline some of the larger-diameter sewers running underneath city roads, such as Grand and Woodward avenues and Collett Street.
“We looked at large-diameter sewers and categorized the ones that are in the worst shape, but we can only bite off so much at one time,” Caprella said. “We got it on a schedule to do over the next several years.”
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