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Trussell Road design phase nears completion; repairs could take months

Published 7:20pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A gaping hole still remains on Trussell Road from an early April rainstorm that caused a culvert to fail, causing a collapse of some 25 feet of asphalt in its wake.

But the city is getting close to a solution, according to the Department of Public Works.

“We are nearly through with the design phase of the Trussell Road culvert,” said Gerard Brewer, city engineer. “Regardless on whether the city does the work in house or we use a contractor, it could easily take until November until this is fully completed.”

The design still has to be approved, and at the very least materials have to be obtained if the city does the work in-house.

Brewer said the city’s leaders and the street department wants to see the work done as soon as possible, but some time frames are “non-negotiable.”

The city will have to foot the bill for the repairs, as Brewer said they failed to meet the threshold for emergency state funding.

Two other roads that were damaged in the storm also still need to be repaired. Coley Creek and Old Kellyton roads both have work to be done to become passable again, but Brewer said they have been addressing the largest issues first.

He added that Coley Creek could be funded through ATRIP funds due to the fact that it was just resurfaced. Old Kellyton Road will be addressed in the near future.