The North Bend Eagle

  Tenth Street muck
Machinery waits at the corner of Walnut and 10th streets for the road to, once again, dry out so that paving can continue. The machines were used last week to speed up the drying process, but rain came again Saturday. Eventually, 10th Street, formerly a brick street, will be paved.

Rain, rain go away so we can get work done

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 10/4/17

Weather has been playing havoc on the progress on a number of projects in North Bend.

As reported in the Sept. 20 North Bend Eagle, streets and sewer improvements were on schedule with the dry weather. But that all ended when the rain started on Sept. 25.

The work on West 10th Street became a canal, then a mudfest, followed by more rain on the weekend.

Kohl Construction is doing what they can to drain out the water, dry the dirt and prepare the bed so that the road can be paved.

“It was the plan to pour on the 25th,” city clerk Theresa Busse said. “The rain really stretches everything out. It’s tough on those people it affects who can’t use their driveway or get their mail.”

Busse reassured residents that the four blocks on 10th Street will get done as soon as possible.

With more rain this past weekend, 10th Street is a muddy mess again. Early Monday morning workers were already out there siphoning off the water. The sewer project is also delayed by the rain and another problem. The manhole that is by the alley north of NAPA is not a sewer clear out, but a water diversion. Obrist Construction of Columbus is having to open a hole north of Red Brick Hair Chix to make a place to divert the sewer so that they can do the planned replacement of sewer in the south part of Main Street.

The actual sewer replacement will not take that long, but with the rain delay, Obrist is having to change things around.

The alley south of Lodl’s Cabinetry and Construction will be repaired before the Main Street replacement as it is needed for Bob’s Custom Meats business. Bob Shanahan arranged his butchering schedule for the original period of time planned for the sewer work, so the sewer construction will stay with that original schedule to help Shanahan maintain his business commitments.
Busse said that Obrist has a Oct. 31 deadline to get the work done.

On a good news note, Busse said that the street cleaner will be back in North Bend next week. The city hires a street cleaner for monthly cleaning from early spring until late fall. The company contracted, which comes out of Wisner, has been in North Bend twice this summer, the last time just before Old Settlers. The company was sold twice and Busse has had difficulty getting hold of an owner. She has finally gotten hold of the newest owner, Chuck Lierman, and Busse reports he will be here next week.


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