UPDATE: City Council approves to seek loan for sewer line repairs

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 6/3/19

Marietta City Council authorized an application for a loan for long-term sewer repairs.

Marietta Wastewater superintendent Steve Elliot said they applied for a $752,712.04 loan with the Ohio Water Development Authority last month.

The money will allow the city to repair and install special lining on some failing sewer pipes on Post Street downtown and along several streets on the west side.

A line on Post Street collapsed back in March and officials say the time to fix all of these is now.

"What we're trying to do to be proactive is lining which will extend the life of that sewer," Elliot said, "it's structural lining, it gives structural support to it as well as coats it, so these river influences shouldn't be so severe."

Elliot added they have already found a winning bid for the project, but the contractor cannot begin work until the city receives the funds. He hopes the loan will be awarded by the end of July, begin work immediately and have the project completed before winter.


UPDATE 4/15/19

Work is underway to fix a sewer line that collapsed in Marietta in late February

Contractors began making emergency repairs late last week to fix a section of the sewer line on Post and Butler streets.

City officials say this repair will stabilize that line before they can start long-term fixes later this year.

"This week, today, they're saw cutting the pavement and they're going to be removing the pavement later this afternoon," Marietta wastewater superintendent Steve Elliott said, "and tomorrow they should begin the excavating process to excavate down to the sewer line."

Elliot says the work should take about one to two weeks to complete.


ORIGINAL STORY 3/6/19

Ongoing sinkhole problems in Marietta reached a breaking point last month after a sewer line collapsed late last month.

A portion of sewer line on Post Street downtown collapsed in February. Marietta wastewater superintendent Steve Elliott said a pump is set up transferring sewage to a nearby line to keep the flow and prevent buildup.

But in addition to temporary emergency repairs, the city is also looking at long-term fixes to this problem and similar ones on the west side.

"The most cost-effective solution is to put in a repair," Elliot said, "and then we're going to come back later and line that street of Post Street from Post down to the Lafayette. That's an old line that's very deep. So we'll line it and that lining they typically estimate the lifetime is 50 years on that."

Elliott said they plan to apply for a state loan for the long-term repairs and hope to be awarded it and begin work toward the end of the summer.

Meanwhile, he hopes to have the temporary repairs contracted and underway by the end of the month.