Allen talks of water main replacement


Portsmouth City Manager Derek K. Allen says there is some work that he wants the city to get done before the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) resurfaces the U.S. 52 eastbound lanes in the city. Allen said the city needs to replace approsimately 2,000 feet of six inch water main between Norfolk Street and Busch Street.

Allen said the water line is in poor condition and it is important that it be replaced prior to ODOT’s resurfacing of the street.

Allen said the city will begin the process of replacing the 30-inch water main that runs from the Sunrise Reservoir down Sunrise Avenue to Kinney’s Lane, heading east to Offnere Street and going down Offnere Street to Robinson Avenue.

Allen said the main is in terrible shape and keeps having water main breaks.

“In 2015 there was a break on Kinney’s Lane, which took out a block of street,” Allen said. “Since them, there was a substantial break in the 1800 block of Offnere Street.”

Allen said the project will cost a couple of million dollars and will have to be done in phases.

In their City Council packets for Monday night’s City Council meeting, Allen included a proposal to apply for Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for the project. He said the funding strategy will include applying for other grants as well.

By Frank Lewis

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