Toledo Public Works crews spent the better part of New Years Eve completing repairs to a section of sanitary sewer mainline located on SE 7th in Toledo. Crews successfully replaced approximately 25-feet of mainline which included reconnecting one service lateral which feeds several apartments, and one residential home.
Due to the depth of the mainline (14-feet) special equipment was needed to safely excavate the line. As a result, the department needed to bring in a track excavator capable of reaching the line.
Operators determined that the cause of the failure was age/fatigue. In fact, after excavating down to the pipe, crews discovered that some sections of pipe were completely deteriorated. As a result, a manhole will need to be installed to allow the department to evaluate further reaches of the line, and to provide for future maintenance and possible trenchless improvements. Crews safely barricaded the site and will monitor it throughout the weekend. Manhole installation is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 4th.