Cen­tury-old sewer line cracks again

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - COMING UP - CRYS­TAL SCHICK

An­other part of the 100-year old trunk sewer main for South Hill partially col­lapsed again.

This sec­tion of the pipe, lo­cated in the park­ing lot of Lions River Park in Wakamow, was found to have a sig­nif­i­cant crack in it, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the city is­sued on Friday.

“We ac­tu­ally put the lin­ers through it and got past the cracked sec­tion,” said Colin Prang, man­ager of engi­neer­ing ser­vices, on Monday, “and then while the pipe was cur­ing it de­formed and now it’s a solid de­formed liner.”

There­fore, crews now have to ex­ca­vate and re­place about 12 me­tres of the 24-inch pipe­line. Con­struc­tion will be­gin this week and Prang pre­dicts it will take less than two weeks to com­plete.

The ex­ca­va­tion area is north of the road­way in the park and thus not ex­pected to re­strict traf­fic, but the me­dia re­lease warns peo­ple to take cau­tion when driv­ing through the area.

“There’s a maple tree that is right on top of the sewer, right where the col­lapse oc­curred,” said Prang.

That means at least two ma­ture trees must be re­moved for the work to be com­pleted.

Last year, a dif­fer­ent sec­tion of this same sewer line, around the in­ter­sec­tion of River Drive and the First Av­enue South­east, also col­lapsed. This par­tic­u­lar line runs from the Cres­cent View lift sta­tion near the Par 3 golf course to Ninth Av­enue west.

SUB­MIT­TED

An in­side view is shown of a sec­tion of a 100-year-old sewer main cracked pipe be­ing re­paired at the Lions River Park in Wakamow .

CRYS­TAL SCHICK/TIMES-HER­ALD

A cen­tury old sewer main cracked near the Lions River Park park­ing lot in Wakamow and the 12-foot sec­tion is be­ing re­placed.

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