395,000 Gallons Bursted From Water Main On Bellaire Boulevard

October 6, 2009

In roughly 30 minutes, 395,000 gallons of water burst from a 12-inch water main at Poor Farm Ditch Crossing at Bellaire Boulevard. A contractor caused the leak in the last week of September when it failed to provide support for the main, according to the Oct. 2 Weekly Council Report from the West University Place Public Works Department. The leak did not effect residential service.

Road work continues on Bellaire Boulevard, and it has been delayed recently due to the weather. A contractor within the next two weeks is finishing up paving on Stella Link Road north of Bellaire Boulevard. The contractor planned to open west-side lanes on Oct. 5, and close off east-side lanes.

“This will effectively reverse the direction of detoured traffic in the area,” according to the report. “Please take note and plan your travels accordingly.”

The report said that road repairs on Westchester Street north of Cason Street should be completed this week. The Public Works Department is patching up a concrete panel, with a total cost of $15,000.

The department has been monitoring roadways in the southwest section of town because concrete panels are sinking. The damaged panels are in the 6700 block of West College Street, the 4100 block of Riley Street and the 4100 block of Cason Street at West Point Street. Staff is also watching deteriorating concrete in the 3900 block of Ruskin Street.

“We are concentrating efforts in this area currently to perform point repairs to maintain street conditions until funds can be provided in the Capital Improvement Program to replace the roadways,” according to the Oct. 2 Weekly Council Report. “We are currently comparing pricing on concrete lifting, road bed stabilization and lifting, and asphalt overlay. We hope to begin repairs soon.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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