By BRADEN LAMMERS
The intersection of Spring and Chestnut streets in downtown Jeffersonville reopened Tuesday afternoon.
The reopening of the busy intersection was delayed a day, as Pace Contracting LLC President Tom Wood said the water line under the road was in very bad condition and replacement was being considered.
“It has broken twice and there are two valves that are leaking,” Wood said of the water line.
Delynn Rutherford, Jeffersonville’s grant administrator, said that Indiana American Water Co. has agreed to replace the water line. Indiana American owns the old water line and it was the company’s decision on whether or not to replace the line. The company is also on the hook to cover the costs for the water line replacement.
Rutherford said in an email earlier in the day that the water line is 75 years old and the city was hoping to see the line replaced rather than have issues occur after the road has been reconstructed.
“We just don’t want to have this line break in December and have them digging up our brand new concrete and having a big ugly patch in the middle of it,” she said in the email. “This line is basically like egg shell and it is inevitable that it will break again according to our contractor.”
Wood said prior to the road reopening Tuesday that replacing the water line would delay the project by about a week.
However, Rutherford said the city asked the contractor to bore a hole under the intersection that has reopened. She added that additional closures could occur, but that the closures would not be in place for an extended amount of time.
Replacing the water line is not the only issue Pace Contracting has encountered during the project. Additional work was required in the Chestnut and Spring street intersection to repair a brick manhole that had deteriorated. The sewer repair totaled about $29,000 and was paid for by the Jeffersonville Sewer Board.
Wood said those repairs to the manhole have been made.
The water line replacement is expected to delay the project, but not significantly The schedule for Chestnut Street is that it will be closed for 60 days. The road was expected to be reopen by Sept. 15. The entire project is expected to be completed in late October or early November.