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Woodrow Wilson water leak repairs update

Woodrow Wilson is one of many streets drivers in the Capital City give a failing grade. source: WLBT Woodrow Wilson is one of many streets drivers in the Capital City give a failing grade. source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For four months now, a water leak on Woodrow Wilson Avenue has been testing the tempers of metro drivers.

The 36-inch pipe broke in September and sent water washing across the street.

It's been months and the problem still persists.

Meredith Hewitt, who frequents the area, said, "I drive over it all the time and it's a pain in the rear, had to get new tires and it's ridiculous."

Woodrow Wilson is one of many streets drivers in the Capital City give a failing grade.

Ed Trim, who drives through the city daily for his business, said, "On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give them a 2. I've been to Africa 5 times on mission trips and it's a little worse there."

This week the city says they are reviewing a contract with a construction company to fix the Woodrow Wilson leak and repair the street.

Mayor Tony Yarber could sign that contract in the coming days.

The city released this update on Thursday:

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 7, City of Jackson Department of Public Works crews are switching eastbound traffic to the north lane of Woodrow Wilson Drive instead of the south lane. Motorists are encouraged to proceed with caution and drive at a reasonable speed.

The City is moving forward with the project to repair a major water main break on Woodrow Wilson Drive. The road remains passable for motorists as crews continuously assess the condition of the site to keep it safe until the repair work can begin. 

Engineers have designed the repair, which is complex because of the location, the materials for the pipe and the laying conditions. This project requires a custom built new pipe as the break occurred on a 36-inch water line constructed in the 1960s. The pipe needs to be encased, which requires engineering design and a contractor. This repair cannot be made in-house.

The City is currently reviewing a contract for a contractor. Upon approval, work will begin and could take approximately two months to complete because of the complexity of the repair.  During that time, traffic will be rerouted to State Street. The public will be informed of the detour in advance.

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