On Monday, the city will begin its project to replace a failing rock wall and construct storm drainage improvements on Hendry Lane.
John Howes, engineering technician, said that during regular inspection of city sidewalks and stairs, it was noted that one guard rail on the wall, was very close to touching the house just below it.
“The wall itself is virtually collapsing under the house,” said Howes.
“So this is a proactive repair, and one we’ve known about for awhile.”
He explained that typically water is the main reason that the old rock walls fail, and this particular wall was probably built in the 1940’s, and has been pieced together with repairs over time.
Howes said that Hendry Lane has a history of problems with drainage, so while the wall is under repair, the crews may install a major manhole that can be tied in at a later date, to an existing storm sewer line that crosses the road.
The project is expected to be completed in a few weeks, however, that is only an estimation.
“We are not quite sure how long the repairs will take,” said Howes.
“Because whenever you start excavating and dealing with existing surfaces, you just never know.”
There will be no vehicle access to Hendry Lane during the project, however a dedicated pedestrian route will be delineated.
For more information, contact the engineering department at 364-0822.