City officials to decide how to fix sewer line

Published Jan 10, 2017 at 1:00pm

The city’s westbound lane closures along Erie Boulevard West now run from Clark Street west to Doxtator Street.

Also, city officials are urging eastbound drivers trying to access businesses on the north side in the area to loop around to the westbound lane since there is currently no turning lane.

The city closed the two westbound lanes and is funneling westbound traffic into the turning lane due to a sewer line problem requiring crews to set up heavy machinery in the area.

City Public Works officials are meetings today to decide how to repair the line.

The 12-inch vitrified clay pipe has multiple clogged areas and is cracked, according to Public Works Commissioner Frederick L. Schmidt.

The likely result would be open excavation 15 down to replace 250 feet of pipe.

A new line would likely be plastic, but another option is ductile iron. The city could even enlarger the line to a 15- or 18-inch pipe. Such work would take one to two weeks, Schmidt estimated. He said there is no cost estimate yet.

Asked about the traffic flow in the area, Schmidt said: “Everything is fine. The traffic situation varies. On the weekend it’s worse.”