Repairs to collapsed sewer line near Man o' War continue, officials say

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 30, 2014 

It apparently could another two weeks to complete repairs at a collapsed sewer line just off Man o' War Boulevard, city officials said.

Contractors have ordered a special liner that will be slipped inside the collapsed sewer pipe to complete the repair, according to Mark York, spokesman for the Lexington Division of Environmental Policy.

But delivery and installation of the liner is expected to take about two weeks, York said Friday.

Meanwhile, a bypass line that carries sewage around the broken sewer pipe remains in operation, with pumps running 24 hours a day, according to York. The bypass keeps sewage from leaking into the environment.

Work crews also are cleaning up around the site of the collapse at Man o' War Boulevard and Rapid Run Drive.

The situation has been causing headaches ever since a section of the 24-inch sewer line broke on May 18. The cause of the collapse still hasn't been determined, according to York.

The line, which crosses under Man o' War Boulevard, probably has been in place since the 1980s, according to city officials.

The collapse caused sewage to back up in the line and then overflow through two sanitary sewer manholes located inside Man o' War.

Some of the overflow went into a pond at the Racquet Club apartment complex and into an unnamed tributary of Hickman Creek.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @heraldleader

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