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Main Street road work finishing up

August 21, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point residents traveling on East Main Street have likely noticed crews working on the sewer lines in the street in front of Sunflower, and may be happy to know their detouring days are winding down.
West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said he expected the sewer line repair, a two-and-a-half month process, to be complete by Wednesday afternoon.
“There were a lot of unhappy residents that will be very happy we’re done,” Prisock said. “None of them will be as happy as I am.”
He said the original line was installed in 1953 and used clay pipe with cement joints, which was the standard back then. This process created a very rigid pipe system prone to cracking when the ground shifts, according to Prisock.
“We replaced pipes from Main and Mulberry Street to almost Main and Fifth Street, and there were multiple cavities in the ground in that area,” he said. “The only way to fix all those is to just replace the line.”
He said Water and Light workers encountered cavities up to 10 feet in diameter, and two sand pockets that were 12 feet deep. The sand came from previous repair jobs in the area, as in the past it was quicker and easier to use sand than dirt.

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