UNDER REPAIR: Columbiy City crews begin emergency sewer repairs today

COLUMBIA CITY (July 11, 2014) -- Columbia City Officials announced that an emergency sewer and water pipe project located on East Van Buren Street will begin today. City televising equipment found multiple holes in a sewer main which runs down the middle of Van Buren Street from Washington Street to the East alley. They also found erosion around the sewer pipe causing some instability and the potential for further damage. A hole in a water main that runs to the north of the sewer main is suspected to be the cause of the pipe problems. “After some investigation, we believe the extent of the damages require an emergency fix,” said Street/Sewer Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh. “We will replace the Sewer pipe and fix the water pipe to prevent further erosion.” Residents have been in no danger while driving on this stretch of road, but if left unfixed, problems could occur in the near future. Officials believe the section of Van Buren Street/Ind. 205 could be closed for around one week, beginning Monday, July 14, with intermittent closures Friday, July 11. “We know this couldn’t come at a worse time,” stated Mayor Ryan Daniel. “With US 30 being repaved, the last thing we wanted to do was to further restrict traffic. Unfortunately, this fix can’t wait a couple of weeks.”Non-local traffic from the Northeast will be detoured from 205 to Towerview Drive onto Old 30/Chicago Street. Non-local traffic from the West will be diverted onto Main Street South to Old 30/Chicago Street. Local traffic will still be permitted on Van Buren but will have to find alternative routes around the closed section of street.