Motorists may have noticed traffic cones along Reed Road diverting traffic.
Although there is no definite completion date, the Daniel Street Pump Station near the west end of Reed Road is still undergoing repairs and the city’s Public Works Department hopes to have it completed by February.
Darrel Martinek, an engineer for W.L. Burle Engineer, P.A., said drivers are bypassing the suction side, which is coming out of a manhole in the street.
According to Ronnie Washington, deputy director of Greenville’s public works department, a 30-inch force main, also called a pressurized sewer pipe, has failed and is pulling the base of the street inside the pipe, and that is what has caused it to fail.
“The work began around early April when the river stages began to lower,” Washington said.
Before other issues with Reed Road can be properly addressed, the pump station has to be fixed.
Pump stations must be maintained to operate at the desired conditions.
Inadequate or improper pump station operation can lead to reduced storage and hydraulic capacity during wet weather, and, if the pumping capacity is severely restricted, dry weather overflows can result.
Because the pump station issue was declared an emergency, the city’s budget should cover the funds for repairs as well as possibly be eligible for grant funding, though that is not a certainty as of yet.