City officials OK emergency repairs to International Drive

City officials are beginning emergency repairs to prevent a street collapse in Woodside Industrial Park.

Columbus Board of Works members accepted a quote of $62,122 from Infrastructure Systems Inc. to install a new secondary culvert under International Drive near NTN Driveshaft that has deteriorated beyond repair.

The deterioration was caused by corrosive soils, said Dave Hayward, executive director of public works and city engineer.

“This roadway could collapse at any moment,” Hayward told the board before board members declared the emergency to allow them to move forward without bidding requirements.

Repairs to the 160-foot long culvert are also necessary to maintain proper drainage flow in the industrial park near the Walesboro-Ogilville exit off Interstate 65, the city engineer said.

Infrastructure Systems will install a secondary culvert at a more shallow depth using concrete and a plastic liner, Hayward said.

Work will begin immediately and should be completed by the end of next week, he said. Traffic will be allowed on International Drive during the project.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.