More heavy equipment has been brought in to attempt to repair a collapsed sewer on Third Street between Market Street and Jefferson Street in Portsmouth.
On Monday, Portsmouth City Manager Derek K. Allen took emergency action to call out Distel Construction Company to begin to make repairs.
Allen told The Daily Times a sinkhole appeared after a heavy rain. Further examination showed an old brick manhole had collapsed. Workers climbed down into the hole that had been dug to try to find the extent of the collapse. After working down in the 48-inch brick sewer, it was discovered the next manhole had washed out as well.
Since then, workers have been busy replacing 200 feet of sewer line and installing two new manholes.
The Daily Times asked Allen on Friday afternoon if there has been an estimate of the total cost of the project and when it will be completed.
“I do not have an estimate yet and it should be completed next week,” Allen said.
This is the latest in a series of problems such as broken water mains in the city of Portsmouth.
“Things are collapsing and failing faster than I can get them fixed,” Allen said.
He does no know what affect the project will have on the current budget for streets.