Big bill for speedy water main repairs

Dealing with a broken water main this week has proven to be a drain on the City of Trail’s coffers.

Dealing with a broken water main this week has proven to be a drain on the City of Trail’s coffers.

City staff worked through Monday night and Tuesday morning to fix a ruptured main that broke through the pavement at the intersection of Victoria Street and Cedar Avenue.

“It’s going to be an expensive repair,” admitted Larry Abenante, the city’s Public Works manager.

“The overtime, the asphalt repairs, it’s going to hit $30,000 to $40,000 for sure. I don’t know what the paving costs will come in at.”

He said the paving was scheduled to be done Thursday but with rain in the morning, it was put on hold for a few days.

Although traffic has resumed without delay on Victoria Street, Cedar Avenue remains closed until at least Saturday.

“I’m keeping it closed until I feel comfortable the roads are repaired,” said Abenante, who is hoping the street will be back in service by Saturday afternoon.