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February 14, 2014

Collapsed sewer line on Kehoe Lane to be replaced

No residents affected by the line’s failure

JEFFERSONVILLE — City officials accepted a bid at an emergency Sanitary Sewing Board meeting Friday to replace a 50-year-old sewer pipe along Kehoe Lane that collapsed last Friday.

Dan Cristiani Excavating Co. Inc. quoted the project for $164,252 and plans to begin construction Monday, Feb. 17, for the 424 feet of new line running parallel to Springdale Drive.

The line is in a residential area, with direct service to five homes and indirect service to many more. Department of Waste Water Assistant Director Lori Kearney said emergency pumping was installed to temporarily take care of the problem. No residents have been without service since the failure of the line.

“We are bypass pumping right now,” Kearney said. “[Waste] is not going through our line.”

She said the age of the pipe is most likely responsible for its collapse.

“We really don’t know how it happened other than when we dug it up, the pipe was collapsed,” she said. “It was just a really old line and it had its useful life.”

Other companies that presented quotes at the meeting were Excel Excavating for $319,550 and MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. for $224,000.

The board expects work to be completed in about three weeks, but that could change depending on weather conditions.

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